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Weather Watching & Disease Control

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011

Up until now, I haven’t seen the need to be concerned about fungal diseases in the company garden, but with  90% plus humidity, 80 degree temperatures during the day and expected lows at night of 60 degrees over the next several days, this forecast tells me it’s prevention time.

These are perfect conditions for powdery mildew, alternaria (early blight) and other fungal diseases. So even though the garden is looking pretty good and disease free I’ve decided tospray GreenCure preventatively.

Mixing GreenCure

Mixing GreenCure in a Pump Sprayer

I mixed GreenCure at 1 tablespoon per gallon of water. The 1 gallon solo pump sprayer fits perfectly under the rain barrel spout.

Powdery mildew is my biggest concern with the pumpkins, cucumbers and squash, so I sprayed both the tops and bottoms of the leaves. The long wand handle on the garden sprayer is ideal for spraying upward to get the bottom of the leaves.

At some point this season, I’m probably going to do some A / B testing, meaning I’ll leave some plants untreated while preventatively spraying the others to see if I can get some PM to develop.  At this point though, I want the plants to get bigger.

Spraying with GreenCure

Spraying GreenCure on Underside of Leaves

It is always best to spray in the early morning or late afternoon to avoid the hot sun and potential for burning. As everyone knows, even water sprayed on tomatoes for example during the bright midday sun can scald leaves. This is a perfect day to spray because it is cloudy and muggy so the solution will spread fully across the leaves and stems and slowly dry. This brings the active ingredient, potassium bicarbonate directly in contact with any spores that have landed on the plants and further creates a protective barrier for the spores yet to invade.

Locating the Garden

Tuesday, May 24th, 2011

Where’s The Sun?: It’s been a challenge to figure out where to put the garden. We discovered that the first spot we selected wasn’t really our land. When the snow finally melted away and we found the property iron – well, there wasn’t enough space without encroaching on the neighbor’s lot. Apparently, the fence leaves about ten feet of land on this side that originally seemed to be our land. Rule number one when installing a garden – make sure it’s in your yard!

The next area we considered is between our building and the next industrial building. This seemed perfect. It is near several doors, easy to get to with the dirt and other things we need, plus it gets sun nearly all day. This is very important in Conklin, NY because as I mentioned in the first post – sun can be very rare here. The problem with this location is that if the utility company ever needs to get a truck up to the utility pole our new garden would be in the way.

Finally, we decided the only place we could put the garden was behind the building. The area gets good sun as long as we locate away from the shadows that the building casts. It is more difficult to get to, but it’s secluded, quiet and now that we’ve selected it, I think it is perfect. Ginger and Mike, however, may have a different opinion – there are thousands of rocks that they raked out. It’s a good thing we are putting in raised beds for the veggies but the pumkins will go right in the ground.

So, Ginger and Mike put in the heavy lifting of digging out the rocks and trying to soften up the soil that would be beneath the raised beds. We hired our lawn company to til the grass, so Ginger and Mike had to drag all the grass chucks and rocks out.

It’s a nice out of the way place so much so that it seems like its out in the country rather than in a corporate park. We get to watch the trains roll by in the background.

Our next step was putting up six foot high dog kennel fencing. There are a lot of deer, rabbits and other critters that would love to feast on the garden, so we’ve got to keep them out. Maybe we’ll share some leftovers. These “instant fences” are really awesome. So easy to put up and incredibly sturdy. We’ll pile some of our abundant rocks under the bottom pipe to keep the rabbits out. The beds are two by tens, not pressure treated wood. I know it will eventually rot, but if we get a few years out of them that will be good enough. As you can imagine the fences, tilling, seed lights, soil, seeds and labor has pushed the price tag of the garden into the several year payback range. But we hope it will be a source of fun, photos and good veggies.

The Garden Plan

Friday, May 20th, 2011

Starting Seeds: (Seeds were started April 6th – see “Gardening With Soule” blog) Looking back, we probably made the same mistake that so many gardeners make, we started our seeds too early. Yeah, I know the snow hadn’t fully melted away from our planned garden area, but we had seeds in our hands and a light rack built out of some old retail shelving – well you know the rest of the story.

It’s a lot easier to start seeds than it is to keep them alive indoors when they should have been in the ground already. All the seeds started strong, but it was the weekend when I was out of town and the sprouts dried out that we lost at least half of the seedlings.  We’ll just start over with some and we might have to resort to a trip to the nursery for our tomato plants. The blog posts at the company’s Gardening With Soule / Garden Shoes Online blog tell the story of our seeds early start and subsequent struggle to keep them going.

GreenCure Company Garden

Wednesday, May 18th, 2011

Getting Started: As a company project, we’ve decided to have a vegetable garden right here at work. The garden will serve as a place to grow a variety of plants and use and photograph GreenCure Fungicide “in action”.  Our building is located at the edge of a corporate park in Conklin, NY (upstate New York).

We get a lot of rain. Rumor has it that this is one of the cloudiest places in the country. Supposedly behind Seattle and right now we’re having a torrential downpour and frequently nights can have a bit of a chill so our climate is an excellent breeding ground for powdery mildew, blights and other fungal diseases.

With this blog, we hope to document our work at putting together a company garden, discuss gardening tips and bring in expert advice about disease control. And in the process, we hope to have a bit of fun too. Thanks,

Pete Yeager
GreenCure Funigicide