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I was growing peas this year.  It was going pretty well.  I got a harvest and a half in.  I cooked with them.  I was feeling pretty good about myself.  And then this happened:

Which lead to this:
Apparently my plants caught a disease.  Powdery mildew disease.  According to this article, I met all the criteria for causes:  high humidity, poor-ish air circulation, and crowded planting conditions.  (I should have thinned it all out, but I had no idea until it was too late.)  As soon as I saw that weird white stuff on there, I should have removed each infected plant, therefore thinning them out and improving air circulation, and watered their roots at the base.  I did none of these things.
So my thumb didn’t actually turn as green as I thought.  The blackness was there; it was just waiting to come out.  At least we got a meal and a half out of it!  We’ll try again next year, and I’ll be a lot smarter about spacing.
How is your garden going?

11 thoughts on “IT’S BLAAAAACK!

  1. Mrs PoP @Planting Our Pennies

    Oh, when I saw the picture I said to myself, “looks like powerdy mildew!”

    It’s pretty common in FL (lots of humidity down here!), but you can treat it in small areas easily. There’s a powdered fungicide that you mix up in a spray bottle and you just spray it on once a week or so. Keeps the mildew at bay. Your local garden center should be able to point you in the right direction to what works best in PA, but if you can’t find anything let me know and I can dig up our container of it out of the garage and tell you the name. Ours is a yellow powder that has a chemical type name and is maybe $8 for a container of it that lasts us for years on our little garden.

    Don’t give up yet!

    1. femmefrugality

      Thank you so much for the help! I think it may be too late, though; they were all dying hardcore so I stopped watering them. I’ll have to check out my garden center and keep that stuff on hand next year!

  2. Maggie@SquarePennies

    Congrats on getting as many peas as you did! It takes time to get experience in growing things and you learn more each time. I like the forums at for help with just about any garden problem. Many of the people there are experienced gardeners and are very nice about offering solutions. There are even forums for certain parts of the country. I love it! That way you don’t have to learn everything the hard way. Keep at it and you’ll be an experienced gardener too!

  3. Manda

    Oh nooooo! I have never heard of powdery mildew before (I don’t do gardening) but at least you got some peas out of it before your plants succumbed! I just got a little basil plant so now I’m going to be hovering over it to make sure it doesn’t get all powdery mildew-y.

  4. canadianbudgetbinder

    Oh my that’s not good. The thing with gardening is that it’s a learning experience. Next year you will know what not to do and what you should do. Our garden is fantastic. I just posted more piccies today in my Saturday Weekly Review… check out my basil….. Have a good one mate.

  5. debtfreeoneday

    Oh dear! Glad to hear you still managed to have a meal out of them! Gardening / growing things is not what I’m best at but I really want to become better. There’s so much to learn about growing conditions, how, when and what to plant etc. It’s an education!


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