Category: disease

Early Blight Organic Solutions

Early blight on tomato plants starts on the lowest leaves as dark spots, working it’s way up to eventually consume the whole plant.  This fungus (Alternaria solani) overwinters on the debris in the soil, especially on the remains of the

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Day 88 – Patty Pan Push Lasagna Bed Further Ahead

A couple of more pattypan squash have pushed the lasagna bed even further ahead, at almost 2.5 pounds (1.13kg) total yield from this gardening technique.  I remember over fourty years ago getting ready for “the coming of the metric system”.  Now,

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All About Strawberries

“…There are three major types of strawberries, though if you counted, youd find over six hundred varieties! Different shapes, sizes, colors and growing habits differentiate these wonderful treats. The major types of strawberries are: June Bearing either early, mid or

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15 Homemade Organic Gardening Sprays and Concoctions That Actually Work : Planet Green

While “Sluggo” will still be in my arsenal until I can find a better solution, making my own bug killers will greatly reduce the cash outlay as well as keep the added chemicals out of my garden. 15 Homemade Organic

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Green Thumbs: Notes of a difficult growing season – Hanover, MA – Hanover Mariner

Avoid composting tomato foliage or any other leaves which may have been diseased. To rejuvenate depleted garden plots or improve poor, heavy, or sandy soils, spread several inches of organic material in the form of shredded leaves, well-decomposed manure, compost,

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Late Blight Resistant tomato from the Last Century

Okay, late last century – 1994 article touts the Brandywine tomato as a great choice for blight resistance. http://www.greenspun.com/bboard/q-and-a-fetch-msg.tcl?msg_id=000j1Q

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Some conflicting information re: fungicides for tomato plants

“…Organic fungicides for the prevention and control of fungal disease include neem oil, Serenade® and Oxidate®. Compost tea is often recommended by organic aficionados, but research doesn’t support its effectiveness. Fungicides containing copper may have some effect but copper products may

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Tomato Late Blight – good information

Good information for those of us who have been hit by the blight, as well as those who haven’t: “… Late blight is one of many fungal diseases that can destroy your garden’s bounty. In the northeast US, it’s decimated many

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Polycyclic Epidemics – Know the Disease Cycle

Late blight has hit most of our tomato plants.  Matt’s Wild Cherry’s have so far shown resistance, but most of the others have been affected. The Hack: Bag the diseased plants, DO NOT COMPOST – it will only grow you

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Richard Nunnallys Gardening Q&A | Richmond Times-Dispatch

Q:What suggestions do you have for controlling weeds and undesirable grasses in asparagus and strawberry beds? Crabgrass has also infiltrated the liriope in my borders. The Hack: Pulling the weeds and mulching, according to Richard.  My best solutions are newspaper

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