Re: [gardeners] gardeners Digest V2 #1682

George Shirley (
Mon, 30 Jun 2003 10:42:51 -0500

I live in SW Louisiana and we're looking at getting part of Tropical 
Storm Bill by late this afternoon. Luckily it seems to be going in east 
of New Orleans so it should miss us by about 150 miles so it just means 
more rain.


Turtlewoman wrote:
>>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
> results.
> Love/Light/Chocolate
> -turtlewoman-