|Leaf of "Organic" Sweet Basil with Downy Mildew|
|Underside of Same Leaf with Downy Mildew|
|A Whole Mess of Sweet Basil Seedlings with Downy Mildew! :(|
|I Really Don't Know Why This Basil is Doing OK!|
The Herbal Husband has moved the seedlings in the container from outside to an inside western windowsill. So as an experiment, he is still harvesting the leaves and the seedlings still have the disease. This is one of those diseases that you have to start spraying from the start. Click on the link above for solutions and to participate in Dr. McGrath's study at Cornell University. One solution for organic gardeners would be Neem oil. Unfortunately we thought we were buying organically grown at a local garden center. I think we will have to wait for a resistant strain of sweet basil and they are working on that. The use of light in greenhouse situations for commercial growers has been found to be effective in limiting growth of the disease. In any case you need to destroy your plants and preferably on a sunny day so that "the disturbed spores are killed by UV radiation."
It has really been rainy here! We had almost 3 inches last week and an inch overnight! I wish we could share it with the western states that need it so badly. Hopefully you are having a great weekend. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all those who lost their lives recently. I will try to be more present and showing you what has been going on in the herb garden! Talk to you later.