The hot, humid Australian summer can take it's toll on gardeners, but what about the poor plants?
It's a time when fungal diseases can run riot in the garden. One of the worst is Powdery Mildew.
Powdery mildew, a white cotton wool looking growth on flowers and foliage can is common during these months and can affect plants as diverse as Crepe Myrtle, pumpkins and peas.
Powdery mildew is a fungus which attacks the flower buds and kills them therefore diminishing the flower display. It can also attack the leaves, eating right through them. This weakens the whole plant.
There are a number of ways you can get rid of this menace. One method is to treat the plant with a fungicide such as Mancozeb Plus. Make sure you coat both surfaces of the leaf as well as the soil underneath to catch any spores that fall down.
If you don't like spraying in your garden, there is another simple solution. Just prune off any badly affected parts of the plant, put them in a plastic bag and let nature take it's course.