Weekly Garden Update: July 16

Hello Gardeners! With some strong storms followed by cooler temperatures this week, we have seen some interesting things in the garden this week. I am going to touch on the good and bad plus an addition to my website that may be of assistance to you.

Tip of the week: If you see powdery mildew (picture below) forming on your phlox, monarda or other ornamentals, try a solution of 1 teaspoon baking soda dissolved in 1 quart of water in a spray bottle. Spray leaves liberally with this mixture to stop the progress of the disease. It is a common occurrence with a lot of moisture, humidity and lower temperatures.

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Phlox with powdery mildew

In addition, the cooler night temperatures and consistent rain have resulted in a garden phenemenon which occurs rarely; the formation of potato fruit. Yes, you read that correctly, potato fruit, which looks like little cherry tomatoes. Be aware, however, if you are growing potatoes and see these forming, do not eat them as they are extremely toxic and can make one very sick from the high amounts of solanine in them. Pictured below are these seldom occuring fruits which we have been blessed with this year. Typically a potato plant flowers and then drops its flowers due to high temperatures and dryer conditions. If the weather stays a bit cooler and rainy the flowers actually turn to fruit, which holds hundreds of potato seeds inside of it. The seeds may be harvested and dried, but be warned it would take years to develop a fully grown potato from these seeds, and they will be different from their parent.

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Potato fruit

Lastly, I have an update to my website which I am excited to announce. You can now schedule online for a consultation or gardener training session. Please access the link here or go to any of my website pages and look for Schedule Appointment in the sidebar.

Happy Gardening and I will talk to you all again next week! Below are some photos to make you happy.

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