Powdery Mildew

Powdery mildew is caused by one of the most common and widely distributed fungi that plague gardens.  The disease can attack a wide range of plants, as it is caused by several species of the order Erysiphales.  A sampling of commonly affected plants includes: Cucumbers.Pumpkins.Squash.Melons.Grapes.Phlox.Peonies.Lilacs.Bluegrass.Fescue. The fungus arrives on the scene in the form of…… Continue reading Powdery Mildew

Fusarium Wilt

Fusarium wilt is a disease common to the southeastern United States.  It is caused by the fungus Fusarium oxysporum and affects numerous garden plants, including vegetables, small fruits, and flowers.  The most susceptible host species include: Tomatoes.Sweet potatoes.Cucumbers.Watermelons. The disease is spread through infected soil.  Once it is introduced, it is nearly impossible to get…… Continue reading Fusarium Wilt

Downy Mildew

Downy mildew is caused by parasitic fungi of the family Peronosporaceae, a group of water molds. The resulting disease is quite common in humid climates, affecting most of the fruits, vegetables, flowers, and grasses that gardeners like to grow. This mildew tends to overwinter in old plant matter. Unfortunately, it also has a remarkable ability…… Continue reading Downy Mildew

Cucumber Mosaic Virus

Cucumber mosaic virus (CMV) does not affect only cucumbers. It also targets: Squash.Melons.Peppers.Tomatoes.Beets.Spinach.Celery.Petunias. The disease is primarily spread by aphids, but it can also be spread by cucumber beetles and on gardening tools. The virus overwinters in perennial weeds. Symptoms Stunted, unusually bushy plants.Thin, rough, curled leaves with mottled coloring.Reduced yields.Small, bumpy, misshapen fruits. Treatment…… Continue reading Cucumber Mosaic Virus


Anthracnose, also called bird’s-eye spot, is a disease caused by several similar species of fungus.  These fungi affect many plants: Snap beans.Turnips.Cucumbers.Squash.Peppers.Tomatoes.Eggplants.Brambles.Shade trees, particularly sycamore and ash.Turfgrass. Athracnose development is favored by wet conditions and temperatures between 75°F and 85°F.  It spends the winter in dead plant matter and is spread by rain, wind, insects,…… Continue reading Anthracnose

New Compact Family Garden Journal Available

The Family Garden Journal published by Homestead on the Range is now better than ever! We have released a new compact edition that is easier to carry, but still contains plenty of room for logging your family’s daily plans, observations, and harvests. Develop your green thumb while creating a keepsake: Start by planning for success…… Continue reading New Compact Family Garden Journal Available