Its the end of August and the Mini Farm is in transition. The summer crops are starting to succumb to diseases and therefore diminish in productivity. Teh biggest disease problem right now is powdery mildew, a generic term that describs a variety of fungal diseases common to many vegetables. You know you've got powdery mildew when you see white or grey powdery stuff on the tops of leaves; it starts as sploches on the leaves and eventually covers them completely. Powdery mildew usually doesn't kill plants, but it weakens them and stops them from making nice looking fruits.
I researched organic options for treating powdery mildew, but the general consensus is that once you'v e got it, you can't really get rid of it and most organic treatments are more preventative than treatment. But, I've got customers and CSAers who I've got to feed, so I've gotta try something to keep the squash and cukes going, right? Here's what powdery mildew looks like on squash leaves.
So, that's the update! Sorry for the lack of update since July, but when things get real busy I tend to forget about blogging. That's why I'm a farmer and not a blogger, I suppose. Thanks for reading everyone!