I put up a good fight, I really did.
My opponent was greater than me and worked at night too!
Today I finally gave up and pulled out my gem squash plants - they yielded well and gave me about 40 gems over the last two months. The milddew was just too much for the plant and the same for my pumpkin.
I have been spraying with copper soap, cutting off infected parts, only surface watering...but to no avail, the milddew just kept spreading.
Now I have these two blank spots which I didn't anticipate as well as 2 trellises...so it's back to the drawing board. Seeds that I can still sow for Jan and Feb here in the Western Cape are:
Cucumber (Jan only)
I think up one trellis I will do a cucumber section, the other can have bean. The open ground can have my last planting of corn as I have plenty of tomatoes....this one is a Carbon Tomato and is so far as big as my palm.