Sprout Farm newsletter August 8, 2019

I will be brief this week. It’s time to think ahead to your fall crops. There is still time to plant and harvest arugula, bush beans, beets and beet greens, mustard, kale, collards, Asian greens and broccoli raab. Gardening in New England has some good advice on watering the garden during the extremely hot days of August.

We used to have multiple sprinklers but we found drip irrigation to be far more effective especially since we are on a well. I wish I had been able to follow all the advice to keep the garden weed free but I had to choose which section of the garden to keep weed free. The flower rows look great. The potato rows look horrible.

The petunia bud worms are active so if you see holes in the petunia blooms or if the blooms are missing, it is time to treat with spinosad. Please do this early in the AM to be kind to the bees. This product will also eliminate tomato horn worms. Watch out for powdery mildew on plants such as cukes, tomatoes, zinnias and African marigolds

How do I get rid of powdery mildew?

Spray on plants every one to two weeks. Potassium bicarbonate– Similar to baking soda, this has the unique advantage of actually eliminating powdery mildew once it's there. Potassium bicarbonate is a contact fungicide which kills the powdery mildew spores quickly. In addition, it's approved for use in organic growing.

WE have started to get a limited supply of local peaches. They are delicious.

Catie has been doing some wonderful baking so enjoy it now because the family returns home to WI this Saturday.

That’s all for now. Stop by an pick up some of the best tasting local produce.

See you soon,

Jay and Phyllis Sprout

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