Can you please help me? I am dripping to these green beans and not sure why it looks like PM is growing. I hope I am wrong. Is there anything I can do? I had an aphid attack 8 weeks ago and ripped out everything and started over...I hope I will get some beans because they are just now producing. I can wipe off this stuff as you can hopefully see in the pictures but not sure what I should be doing.
Thanks in advance for your help!
You might want to try a fungicide. I had either the same problem or a similar one, sprayed the beans and it cleared up--for awhile.
My beans produced volumes even though the plants looked terrible. I'm definitely planting beans next year (I'm in zone 7), and will try to plant at two week intervals to extend harvest. I also plan to go the bush plant route. Much easier for me to harvest, since I planted them in raised beds.
Do not do the baking soda trick too often. It adds sodium and carbonate to the soil, and the carbonate can make the soil too alkaline.
Powdery Mildew is an odd fungus: Grows better under drier conditions, so drip irrigation, keeping the water off the leaves can help powdery mildew, while it stops most other fungi (that depend on water to spread).
You know what, I am unable to add another raised bed because of the layout of my backyard sprinklers. I'm now thinking of putting together a growing container as per one of your posts for the off summer season growing.
It's NOT too late! This is the BEST season because of all the stuff you can grow, the weather is great, and there are far fewer bugs. The eBuckets lend themselves to broccolis, cauliflowers, cabbages, kale, swiss chard, and winter peas, because of the built in reservoirs. These plants are water hogs, so having the reservoirs at their disposal makes them happy!
I spent all day yesterday emptying old containers from the summer and refreshing the potting mixes with composted manure from Home Depot. I usually use Black Kow Composted manure from Lowe's, but it was more expensive this year. So, I went with the compost from HD. I sowed carrot seeds in several broad containers and a couple SmartPots fabric containers.
Last night, I sowed seeds for beets, turnips, cabbages, spinach, kale, & broccoli in root plugs, indoors. I may just set these outside and let them germinate on my patio, since they need cool temps to germinate. I should have sizable seedlings for transplanting to the raised beds in about 6 weeks, and they'll already be acclimated to outdoors.
I received my onion transplants Friday and was hoping to set those today, but, my body was aching too much after shoveling all that potting mix yesterday. I'll do a little bit after work this week. If you're into garlic, you can grab a bag at Sam's Club, and plant out the largest cloves. Everyone here plants garlic, onions, and strawberries in November.
I am WAAAAAAAY behind my usual schedule! By this time last year, I had broccoli and cauliflowers that were at least 18"-24" tall. I'm not stressing, though, because we can actually plant seeds and transplants up until December 20th or so.