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Comment by Lynn on December 6, 2010 at 8:46am
I'm thrilled to report that after one application of milk to my zucchinis, they are now thriving well and growing beautiful fruit, including a drastic change around in the ones that were already looking very sick. I have just reapplied another weaker dose as a maintenance.

In addition, I found some other great uses for milk in the garden...

Milk for Mildew
Milk with its' natural enzymes and simple sugar structures can be used to combat various mildews on cucumber, asters, tomato, squash and zinnia foliage. This works by changing the pH on the surface of the leaves, so they are less susceptible to mildew. Use a 10/90% mixture of milk and water. I.E.: To make 10 ounces of finished spray use 1 oz of milk to 9 ozs. water. Thoroughly spray plants every 3 to 4 days at first sign of mildews or use weekly as a preventative measure.

Milk can also be mixed at a rate of 2 ounces milk to 18 ounces of water and used as a spray every 7 to 10 days to treat mosaic disease on cucumber, tomato and lettuce.
Comment by Lynn on December 5, 2010 at 10:47pm
Retied the fast growing tomato plants, trimmed bottom leaves off them. 'tickled' spuds for dinner, along with picking lettuce, mesclun and mustard greens.
Comment by Rachel Gardiner on December 5, 2010 at 9:58pm
Dug up another 20kgs of spuds YUMMM, sowed another 60 pea seeds, picked beans, started digging around my garlic to see if ready, sadly not but the purple flower heads do the trick at the moment! staked toms, picked lettuce and started collecting cow poo for tomorrow garden task!
Comment by Kate on December 5, 2010 at 9:57pm
HI Lesley. Your gardens sound wonderful. I would love to see a photo of them. I need inspiration. In desperation I have just threaded a weepy hose thru a line up of bags of organic soil to grow my watermelons and courgettes in. I dont know if it will work or not. But I am not a builder and time is ticking on.... so I made an instant garden.
Comment by Lesley Ramsey on December 5, 2010 at 7:50pm
Hi Kate, The raised beds are kind of square keyhole design with raised fruit beds in between each veggie bed. The veggie beds are about 2m square so that the chook pen can sit on them. The leaky hose runs about half way down into the soil, not quite on the hard clay bottom, and loops around coming in on one side and going out into a raised fruit bed at the other. one leaky hose has done three/four veggie gardens and three fruit gardens. I will attach another leaky hose to complete the circuit up the other side of the full garden as I have 7 raised veggie beds. I have also put a leaky hose under my fruit trees when I planted them earlier this year in the front triangle garden. I can water midday and know that the water is getting to where it is needed, the plants seem to like having water during the heat of the day
Comment by Hester on December 5, 2010 at 6:08pm
Went out early, before it got too hot, to clear another garden bed for courgettes. Potted on more tomato seedlings. Watered all the glasshouse plants with liquid feed.
Comment by Lynn on December 5, 2010 at 5:34pm
Woohoo! Congrats moggy...every great business has a little beginning :)
Comment by moggy on December 5, 2010 at 3:29pm
planted some courgette plants I bought from the farmers market yesterday. Harvested the seed from mizuna, curly kale and pak choi from what is now my seed garden (it supplies the tunnel house with seeds). Sold a few bags of lettuce and spring onions at the small local market yesterday. Had our first repeat customer today (as we are in the middle of nowhere it is quite an achievement)
Comment by Kelly Ronayne on December 5, 2010 at 10:46am
Big garden effort yesterday! Sowed aubergines, zucchini, lebanese cucumbers, mixed heirloom bean seeds, snow peas, sugar snaps, red orach, lemon gem marigolds, blue borage, mesclun mix, chicory... also transplanted a pumpkin that was growing out of old compost! Planted potatoes in buckets (running out of garden space!) and sowed carrots and chioggia beetroot in between my established lettuces. Also started a butterfly garden with 4 Asclepias swan plants for the monarchs, and keeping an eye out for nettles for the red and yellow admirals. Also growing sunflowers for my little birdy friends. Highly exciting!
Comment by Lucy Mutch on December 4, 2010 at 7:54pm
Hi Kali, that could well be the case. Will give it a go and see what happens. Thank you for your advice, I am new to growing zucchini and am in unchartered territory
 

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