Vegetable garden disease control should start before the seeds are sown.
Preventing Vegetable Garden Diseases
by Ronnie Barron, UT/TSU Extension Director
After a long hard winter, gardeners anxiously wait for those warm spring days to get their hands in the dirt and start planting the home vegetable garden. However, all too often many of these plants are attacked by diseases which take them out before they ever produce a harvest. If this ever happens to you, just remember the old saying, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”.
Many vegetable diseases can be prevented or reduced by preparations made before the seeds are ever planted. Site selection, providing optimal growing conditions, selecting resistant varieties, crop rotation, sanitation, proper watering, proper soil fertility, and proper planting date, are just a few of the many steps that can help you prevent/control plant diseases. UT Extension Plant Pathologist, Dr. Steve Bost, has a newly released publication entitled “Home Vegetable Garden Disease Control”, which covers many of these preventative measures in detail. This publication and hundreds of other research based educational publications can be found on our website at cheatham.tennessee.edu. Just click on publications and you will be directed to the link.
Also, you can contact the UT/TSU Cheatham County Extension office at 615-792-4420 or by e-mail to Ronnie Barron, email@example.com or Sierra Knaus at firstname.lastname@example.org. We are always glad to serve you.
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