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mildew spores in soil?

Posted by debinin IN (My Page) on
Wed, Jul 29, 09 at 15:09

This year was my first SFG. It was really slow taking off, but it finally started looking good. Almost everything has (or is) producing well. One huge problem: I have mildew (and now some other uglies that come along) on my melons, cucumbers, and all my squash and zucchini. I've treated it with some of the remedies seen online but probably not often enough. It's everywhere, but at this point the plants are still surviving and production is less. My main question is, even if it wipes out everything and I tear everything out, isn't the soil going to be contaminated everywhere with mildew spores? Help!!! Just when everything was going so good!

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RE: mildew spores in soil?

No, the soil won't be contaminated. Powdery mildew (if this is what it is) is not soil borne. You just need to make sure that you get all of the leaves, blossoms and as much of the infected plant as you can out of the ground. It can overwinter in the left over shoots, but not the soil.

Here is a link that might be useful: The Corner Yard

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