[gardeners] Remedy

byron bromley (gardeners@globalgarden.com)
Sat, 8 Jul 2000 00:17:17 -0400

Hi, Byron -- you probably have heard me tell this before -- about
9  years ago, Cornell had come out with the remedy of baking
soda solution to prevent mildew. So I drove all the way to up to
the Finger Lakes from the New York City area where I live, and
stopped in at Sonnenberg Gardens at the head of Canandaigua
Lake to see their test rose gardens which were following this
regimen of an application every 3rd day.  Wasted trip.  They had
no money in their budget to provide water to the roses, and in
that particular year, the rainfall must have been pitifull, for most
of the roses had dropped dead, and those which were still alive,


Problem, Remedy is Potasium Carbonate, not sodium bicarbonate (baking soda)
Potassium is more caustic and more costly.

Bonide ads say food grade, don't think potasium carb is used used in food
that much.

I tried Baking Soda at 1 tsp per qt on squash, did not appear to help that
much in my garden.

Manure tea was a great help in supressing early blight, Definately going to
try it for mildew.

Basically I have the same weather as you, Almost 12 weeks of rain, 48F
expected tonight, Did not water my veggie garden until July 5th this year.

About 2/3rds of my hot peppers in the ground.
Not as much fungal infections yet, that I expected.