Its been about a week since I gave my mildew infested squash a liberal spraying of milky water and I’ve got to say I’m really pleased with the results so far. The spread seems to have slowed down and I’ve not noticed any new leaves showing signs of mildew either so I think the milk has done the trick.
I’m off on holiday camping on Saturday, so tomorrow, I’ll pop along to the allotment and give the leaves another coating of the milky-wonder-spray and keep my fingers crossed the mildew fairies will keep their powdery fingers off my plants!
On the whole I’m pleased with the squash and pumpkin progress at the allotment. The little Buffy Ball squash are starting to come along nicely and are really scrambling up the bamboo trellis I made earlier in the year. I’ve even noticed more fruits forming in the last couple of weeks so I could be on for a nice crop of mini pumpkins.
The giant Atlantic pumpkins I’d had such high hopes for haven’t taken off as well as I’d hoped. This is probably down to me not preparing the planting area as well as I should’ve and not adding manure until after they’d been in the ground for a few weeks (rookie error, lesson learned). I have spotted a few pumpkins growing but I don’t think they’ll be needing a wheel barrow to take them home, but the seasons not over yet, they might be the surprise of the crop.
Lastly we have the Japanese winter squash, Uckiki kuri. These seem to be the Kings of the pumpkin patch. They just keep producing loads of onion shaped fruits right along the vines. They must like the temperamental British summer we’ve had as they are by far the biggest pumpkins on the plot.
I’ve got some more manure to mulch around the plants before I go away to help them along. Who knows, I might come back to the worlds biggest pumpkin (probably not though!)
I’d like to say thanks to fellow blogger gunn4 for asking for a pumpkin update. They have a lovely allotment blog, it’s well worth a read.