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Well it looks like we are going to have some normal summer temperatures for the next couple of weeks.

Still, low 90’s aren’t bad for August. Beautiful August evening at Grand Lake

I loved getting the rain but I was ready to have some sunshine again!

So the rain has been nice for the roots and has eased our watering chores, but it has brought on powdery mildew on a lot of plants.

Powdery mildew is very common on squash and cucumber plants, among others.

It is easy to spot because it looks like what it is…a powdery sheen on the leaves of the plant.

Powdery mildew can be treated with neem oil, or you can make your own remedy by mixing one tablespoon each of baking soda, canola oil and dishwashing liquid (no bleach), with one gallon of water.

Test it on a leaf to make sure it won’t damage the plant.

Then spray on the foliage every week to ten days throughout the summer.

Don’t use this in the heat of the day, treat the plants early in the morning.

The other important thing to stay up with is to keep the dead or withered foliage trimmed up.

It is a pain in the neck, I know, but keeping the plants cleaned up will help keep the disease down.

Plus the plants will look better! Enjoy the Earth! Diana