Insects & Diseases

It is summertime and you will probably have some insects or diseases crop up on your vegetables, perennials, maybe some trees or shrubs.

Identifying the insect or disease properly is your first step, secondly, figure out if this is something your plant can live with and survive or needs to be remedied, finally, plan of action.

You may have heard about Late Blight in Tomatoes this is from my friend, Trey Pitsenberger’s blog who has been talking about it the last week or so.  Anyway, certain problems like Late Blight can affect not only the tomatoes that actually have it but other crops too like potatoes, etc.  It is highly contagious and can jump from tomatoes to potatoes.  Anyway, in this case, you need to get rid of the infected crops dispose of them properly, NOT IN YOUR COMPOST PILE.  Burning would be an interesting option but not recommended.

Anyway, important to identify correctly and make a plan of action.  For instance, in the article by the New York Times, they identified an herbicide as a fungicide.  So, for anyone who read that, bought the chemical and sprayed it thinking it was going to cure the fungus, not happening.  Indeed it would have killed the plants.  Be aware of the information you are using.

Happy Gardening.

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2 thoughts on “Insects & Diseases

  1. Thanks for the mention! With the increased interest this year in “growing our own” I found it upsetting to think that so many peoples hopes for home grown tomatoes might be for naught.

    This blight scare should open everyone’s eyes to the dangers of relying on the box stores for our food crops. One supplier, producing vegetables starts for every Home Depot, Lowes, Walmart, and K-mart, potentially sent out millions of infected vegetable seedlings. It’s really unprecedented, and should alarm all vegetable growers.

    The New York Times article mentioned how most nursery people are untrained in identifying these problems. They must have been talking about the employees at the box stores. Another reason to shop at your locally owned garden center, with trained nursery people!

  2. Trey, quite welcome.

    Yes, I was a little alarmed at the most nursery people are untrained in identifying these problems. I am most certain qualified in identifying problems. But most consumers don’t go to the box stores seeking information. I don’t know everything but I know where I can find the correct information.

    Lately, I have become quite the problem solver. For example, and I am not sure why but this lovely older lady came by the shop and needed help. She lives in an apartment and loves plants but she was having a fruit fly problem on her christmas cacti. The insect was not bothering anything else just three plants out of her probably 30 plus pots. Turns out, she recently repotted them using soil from Walmart. I told her to get rid of any leftover soil, use the spray and she should see some results. Now my curiosity was peaked, why would fruit flies be living in potting soil? Basically, I think the compost or components in the bagged product had not been composted properly but that is my only estimation.

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