I’ve been very vigilant this year trying to prevent an outbreak of late blight. I’ve resorted to using “Dragoon Dust” powder, as well as “Daconil Fungicide” spray. The powder should be applied every seven days according to the label, and the Daconil spray I’m adding to my miracle grow mixture when spraying these plants.
I’ve often tried to use organic methods when growing food, and I’ve paid dearly for my ideals. I’ve seen two tomato patches containing hundreds of plants and dozens of hours of work vanish to late blight. After suffering these loses, I came to a new realization, that I should do what works, not what I believe to be the proper way to grow food. I will still apply manure in the fall, and add bio-char whenever possible, but I’m not going to ignore technology, and progress, to bury my head in a pile of dead tomato plants. I’m going to keep trying new things until I achieve the desired result: Too Many Tomatoes = )
This is my war on blight, and so far this season, I have yet to encounter the darkened brown spots on the stems which consume the entire plant until it’s a lifeless twig.
On the other front of my war things aren’t nearly as cheery. I’m not losing per say, but I’m far from winning. My zucchini seem to be growing in spite of the daily onslaught of the hogs, however the tiny endive and second patch of cucumbers are taking the brunt of the brown rodents feeding. I’ve received the ultimate weapon to combat these furry brown eating machines, and I’ve yet to calibrate the attached scope, but I’ve already placed a few small weights of lead in the garden. I begin my day before work taking a quick look through the garden, and targeting anything which doesn’t belong. I’ve yet to tag a hog, but I’m sure I will get them in time. My new priority is to “sight in” the scope, or calibrate it, so that whatever rodent is in my cross-hairs will drop when the time comes.
I’m trying another less damaging weapon as a deterrent. Larger animals require the proper time of year for a lead solution, so these noise makers are the next solution I will be testing out. The aluminum should capture some of the wind which will cause a noise that I’m hoping will scare many rodents and deer alike. I’ve made several different styles, some with spinning wheels, others which have a flat square with a weight attached that should cause a drumming sound.
So the war wages on… all in a half acre plot over simple tasty food.