Broken hearted organic gardener
I am an organic gardener working on my third garden in 20 years. I have had very few pest or disease problems (except rabbits!)It's now in its second year and for the most part I am very pleased. I`ve always had roses but haven`t bought any for a while. I used to order them from Pickering but those are just not big enough to last even a weekend with the bunnies. Last year I put in 3 Graham Thomas roses and they've done really well, I will reluctantly give credit to those pesky rabbits for the pruning job they did over the winter! Two weeks ago I bought 3 David Austin roses (Heritage and LD Braithwaite). I planted them last weekend. All three are now COVERED in powdery mildew. I`ve been using the milk and water solution which has worked once before but it`s been four days or so and it`s getting worse. I am contemplating ripping them right out, don`t want them to pollute my otherwise healthy garden, but I think that is probably overkill and they were a considerable expense. The gardeners I know strongly suggest a chemical solution, but that`s not an option.
Now I know there`s something worse than bunnies.