August is a very foggy month here in Daly City. In fact, I don't think I have seen the sun here in weeks. While the rest of the country is suffering under a heat wave, it's a chilly 55 degrees. Now, I am not complaining. I will take a cold, foggy day to heat any day. My garden, however, is another story. Plants need sun and my plants have been suffering. What's worse is that these are ideal conditions for that demon powdery mildew.
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I first encountered powdery milder on my rose bushes in the front yard and I cured them with some diligence and milky water. It really did the trick. A 3 to 1 ration of water to milk sprayed on the rose bushes weekly not only killed the mildew and prevented it's spread. This time, though, the mildew was on my apple tree and my climbing rose bush. How the heck was I going to get up there? I tried to ignore it, but it spread quickly. Really quickly. As August progressed the fog got thicker, it got wetter and the mildew was thriving.
|August 2012 Mid-Day Daly City|
First, I got an extended clipper and pruner and clipped off all the mildew I could find on the apple tree. Luckily, there wasn't a lot and I could get most of it clipped off. Next I tackled the rose bush. It was horrible. I did this on a ladder and ended up clipping about half of the bush off. Still, there are places I couldn't reach.
|August 28, 2012 - Daly City Sunshine!|