This is a journal of my vegetable gardens. Skippy was my first dog and he thought the garden was his, even though I did all the work. But Skippy always stood by me and was a great friend. Now Suzie and Charley follow in his footsteps and garden with me. We're located near Boston (USDA zone 6A). I have a community plot, a backyard vegetable garden, fruit trees and berry bushes, chickens and bees. I use sustainable organic methods and do my best to grow all of my family's vegetables myself.

Sunday, July 14, 2013

organic spray box for a community garden

Today I set up a box at our community garden containing organic sprays for gardeners to use.

The box includes:
- Precut 6 x 10 foot sections of row cover,
- Baggies of Sluggo
- A large, 1 gal sprayer with premixed Copper fungicide
- Small spray bottle of premixed Oxidate
- A bag of Dipel, wetting agent bottle and small sprayer

Recommendations:
- To protect against late blight on tomatoes: we recommend spraying tomatoes alternately with Oxidate and Copper, before every rain and at least every 7 days.
- To treat powdery mildew: we recommend spraying squashes and cucumbers with Oxidate every 2 weeks.
- To control corn ear worms: we recommend spraying Dipel into the tips of corn ears after the silk starts to dry every 7-14 days.
- For cabbage worms and flea beetles, we recommend using row cover on new plantings of all brassicas (e.g. cabbage, kale, broccoli, mustards, arugula, cauliflower, collards) and eggplants (remove when eggplants begin to flower).

We will see how this works.

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