I usually always wear gloves when I’m gardening because of all the little beasties lurking in the soil or on the leaves of my plants.
On this occasion I got sloppy and I put my naked hands into my strawberry bed to do some weeding. I saw something lurking among the dead leaves and initially thought to myself “Mr. Grasshopper’s turned a funny colour” Hang on…rewind that thought process Piglet, grasshoppers are not that colour! I quickly withdrew my hands. Lucky for me I did because this particular little beastie was a scorpion.
I ran squealing like a speared piglet into the house to take cover and hide behind Mr. Piglet. When we returned the Scorpion was making its getaway. Guess who I persuaded to take the photographs as my hands were still shaking?
My tomatoes had blight last month so I’m now wondering if my cabbage and brocoli could also be affected?
I’ve been away for a few days and left Mr. Piglet in charge of my veggies. I was quite surprised when I returned to see brown and white patches on the cabbage and brocoli leaves. He had sprayed the leaves with diluted washing up liquid to kill the caterpillars…perhaps that’s the cause…
Anyone heard of Cabbage blight? Looked on net and can’t really see much info. All suggestions gratefully received.
In the meantime think I will pick all the affected leaves off and see what happens.
August merged seamlessly into September, the drought continued and the bugs, despite my best efforts continued to thrive and multiply.
The latest visitor to take up residence bored its way into several of the tomatoes, growing in pots. Once discovered I quickly disposed of these (that’s the tomatoes not the pots) and then wished I’d cut open one of the tomatoes to discover who had moved in. I’m still none the wiser as to their identity – any clues please?
I don’t pigging believe it – the cucumber plants I’m growing in pots are dying…
The picture below, taken in July 2012, shows a healthy cucumber plant.
However, by August brown spots had appeared on the plant and the baby cucumbers failed to develop. A little research revealed the problem could either be caused by a fungus called Anthracnose or Downy Mildew. Or could it be something else?
And to top it off I then discovered another cucumber plant has white mold growing on the stems. I wonder if it is Sclerotinia Stem Rot?
The baby cucumber plants I’m bringing on to provide Autumn cucumbers are also affected. So I need to find a cure…urgently!
I’m now off to search for, and trial some natural recipes – baking powder and milk seem popular ingredients – I hope they work!
If you have any suggestions re. diagnosis and/or natural cures please, PLEASE share in the comments section below.
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