Yesterday, I noticed that my squash had some white, powdery looking spots on it’s leaves.
I noticed the other day that while some of the fruit were okay, a couple of the fruits just coming on appeared to have started to rot where the flower typically falls off.
So, obviously, I had to do something, the first thing I did was find out what I had. My twitter friends told me I likely had Powdery Mildew. The first thing I did was to cut off the healthy fruit. Though I would normally leave it to grow a bit more, I preferred to cut it off than to leave it and have it rot.
The next thing I did was to cut off all of the dead leaves, the dead flowers, rotted fruit/flowers, dying stems, and the leaves that were very badly covered in mildew. I used sharp pruners and put the damaged leaves on my scrap pile.
I have hopes that some of the remaining blooms will be able to make it to harvest still, currently, they have teeny-tiny squash coming on – with no mildew!