Tomato Harvest & mildew prevention

Tomato harvestToday’s harvest of tomatoes. Last night I had a headache and ate a pile of tomatoes for dinner. Tonight, bruschetta perhaps? They are fresh, yummy and good as a snack if we don’t cook with them.

I also sprayed the squash (cucumber, zucchini and the 2 wild squashes of unknown origin) with my mildew cure. They were starting to get a bit of white on the leaves which I’ve learned quickly moves onto a solid covering of white and leaf death. The concoction is:
2 Litre water
1 drop veg oil
1 drop detergent
4 tsp bicarb soda

I mix it all together and spray it on the leaves, top and bottom when the sun isn’t blasting (cloudy day or late afternoon). It works a treat. The only problem is it has to be repeated after every rain.

Update: 20 April 2011 – checking out my sister’s gardening blog Growing In My Garden enlightened me to the fact that this same spray works to keep mould off rose bush leaves as well. I think it’s one of those great cure-alls.


About Laura Rittenhouse

I'm an American-Australian author, gardener and traveller. Go to my writing website: for more. If you're trying to find my gardening blog, it's here.
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