Autumn Gardening: A Quick Guide

Written By Little Veggie Patch Co - March 08 2017


Peter tyrrell
May 26 2019

How can I prevent basil from being affected by black mould/mildew on the under side of the leaves. If it is due to soil borne virus or ? ,how do you prevent a recurrence. I tried to grow basil in 3 different areas but all got the mould/ mildew.

Meera Govil
March 15 2018

You may already know this but young pumpkin leaves, before they put the hairs on, can be used to wrap up marinated fish or tofu, tied up in string and cooked in a saucepan for 7 – 8 minutes and served to be eaten. Unlike banana leaves or bark that has to thrown away. The people in Congo also chop up the leaves, stir fry with crushed peanuts, ginger, garlic, lemon juice.All those yards of pumpkin vines taking over the veggie patch can be put to use!

Little Veggie Patch Co
March 15 2017

Hey Kim, no problems eating the zucchinis if the plants have powdery mildew, it only effects the leaves and the fruit will be a-ok. The mildew won’t effect the incoming crops, as autumn plants are resilient to it, but best to dispose the leaves rather than compost them. We’d choose to go with broad beans to reinvigorate the soil after growing nitrogen hungry zucchinis. Best of luck.

Andrea McIntosh
March 12 2017

Again my zucchinis have succumbed to the powdery mildew. And now i see the mildew has spread to a viburnum tree! I’m thinking of giving up on growing them.
Thanks for your advice on preventing soil from going hydrophobic. I need to go buy some hessian this weekend :-)

March 09 2017

Hello, My zucchini’s have bad powdery mildew, I have 2 questions, can you still eat the zucchinis if the plant has mildew ir would they make you sick? Also when I pull these plants out do I need to do anything to remove the mildew from the soil or can I just plant the next crop? Any crop suggestions? Thank you.

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