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Topic: Edible Plants
Posted by Brooke from Rome, GA on 2009-08-01 02:31:00
Thank you in advance for any help that you can offer!
Plant damageComposted soil will help. Watering only in the early morning hours may also. It gives the plants time to dry which would minimize Blight. I'm guessing your are experiencing this fungal infection. You are raising a number of plants that are susceptable to this disease. Tomatoes,cukes,cantalope,potatoes, peppers, for sure. There has been some recalls on tomatoe plants this year, it seems that a commercial grower from Alabama that shipped potted babies to big vendors sent out infected seedlings. This affects your buds and the growth of your plants. It's a bit late now, but, they do have some products that help. One organic concentrate is called "serinade". Other products that are not organic are chlorothalonil and mancozeb. Ortho-max, a garden disease control concentrate has the former chemical. It does work well, and washes off any fruit at harvest. The Seranade may work well also, but You may have needed to apply it early in the plants development. That also goes for the others I've mentioned, although they will definately knock down the fungus. Don't get discouraged! Salavage what You can this season and get ready for next year. You must prune off any leaves that have blotches and discard them in the trash away from the gardening area. At the end of the season You must do the same with the old Plants themselves. Look up early blight and different types of "wilt" diseases. You could probably find plants that have a resistance to some of these issues. Again, don't get discouraged, many commercial growers are fighting this this year. Good Luck!
Posted by David Konnick from NJ- northeast on 2009-08-09 09:12:00