Well, that title sounds like I know everything. That is soooooo not the case. The old adage of "You learn something new everyday" is really true. That is if you are willing to learn. That is a sermon for another day, so ON TO THE TIPS!
1) Milk spray- Yes. That is milk like you get at the store. While walking through my garden the other day, I noticed a lot of white spots on my cucumbers. So, I went to the computer to ask why. Well it's called "Powdery Mildew" and it is prevalent among the squash family. In an effort to keep my garden as organic as possible, I looked up organic treatments for "Powdery Mildew". I found many articles on milk spray. Basically it's 1 part milk to 2 parts water. You can use any type milk you want. It's the protein in the milk that does the trick. Something about the reaction created when the sun hits the milk. It creates an environment that the fungus can't handle. I sprayed yesterday. You should spray in full sun when the leaves are dry. When I went out this morning to check on things, I noticed the spots are fading and, in some cases, disappearing. I'll spray again in 10 days or if it rains.
2) Back to Eden Gardening- In a nut shell, deep mulch gardening. Here is a link for the info. It's kind of lengthy, as it's a documentary, but I watched the whole thing. Very informative.
*** check with your local landfill or tree service to obtain wood chips. I should have some being delivered this week or next by a tree service, but I also took my little truck to our landfill and they had wood chips for days. They filled my little truck to the tippy top of the bed. The last two days I have been putting wood chips in my garden beds, flower pots, window boxes, etc.
Here's my garden so far with the chips added. I need more chips to cover the last four beds and plan to put chips in between my beds as well which will get rid of the rock walkway.