Re: [gardeners] gardeners Digest V2 #1682

Turtlewoman (
Mon, 30 Jun 2003 09:34:33 -0500

> HELP!!!! We are being attacked by the eggplant and cucumber beings.<

Hey George!

I am new to the gardeners digest group.  Read your post.  Am curious as to
what part of the country you live in.  Sounds like you are having the same
kind of weather we have been having here in Ky.  We JUST got our sweet
peppers planted out the other day.  The last on our list of main things to
be planted out this year.  We have been planting in the rain many times so
far this season.

All our tomatoes got early blight and we thought we were going to lose them
all.  But my husband read on the chili heads group that powdered milk and
water sprayed on them would kill a fungus that attacks peppers.  So we gave
it a shot since early blight is also a fungus.  Voila!  They perked right up
and are growing well!  A little behind the season, but still expect a
righteous crop.

Meanwhile, our eggplants started getting eaten alive.  The leaves were
looking almost like spider webs.  Sprayed them with pyrethrum (I swear by
it), and they are doing much better now.

We have three different batches of corn growing well.  Two batches are
ornamental corn, the third is an experimental sweet corn.  Surprisingly, the
sweet corn is averaging about 30" tall, have already tasselled, and FULL
SIZED EARS are forming and have silks! An old timer who has farmed here for
at least 30 years said he thinks they are that short because of all the rain
we've had.  Said it leached all the nutrients out of the ground.  However,
he and another farmer who has farmed for about 35 years, said they wouldn't
make full sized ears.  Boy!  Are they both amazed!  So we have decided to
plant a second plot of this experimental corn to see if we get the same