butternut pumpkin

ben and leons vegie patch is talking about growing Zucchini from Melbourne

Medium_butternut
Just starting off...

Varieties:

  • wee b little   (mini pumpkins new this year)
  • butternut     (very productive but stay ontop of powdery mildew!)

Powdery mildew control options are:

  1. yates lime sulphur spray at 10mls per litre
  2. potassium bicarbonate mixed at a rate of 4grams per litre with 2mls botanical oil

IMPORTANT NOTE: Never exceed the concentrations stated on the packaging as they are there for a reason! trust me I know it’s very tempting to mix a stronger concentration thinking more is better but I have killed enough plants to know better than to mess with the experts! I usually find one good spray ensuring complete coverage (ie: till the whole plant is dripping) stops powdery mildew in its tracks but in a bad year you might have to spray every 7-14 days roughly to keep it under control (more frequently if there has been a lot of rain or sudden variations between hot & cold!)

note: there is no category for pumpkin so I have filed this under zuchinni