Gardening Disasters and How to Avoid Them

March 3, 2014

Spend a little time to consider potential problems! In this video, we explain five mistakes that are commonly made, and demonstrate steps which you can take to make sure you avoid them:

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When we got the results back

When we got the results back from the abstract office it was saying that we were a little high on ph and low on nitrogen. But not real bad. They said we had a fungi disease called blight. It started at the tomatoes and made the stems gooey and the leaves turned yellow and gooey and the tomatoes were black on bottom and not very big and then it spread to the cantalopes and then went from there to the watermelons cucumbers bell peppers jalapeno peppers squash and okra. We was told to get fungi spray and mulch and we did put mulch under all plants and sprayed that fungicide spray according to the directions on it. We have a sandy soil and we also use miracle grow. We fertilized the garden every year. One thing we didn't do was rotate our plants in our garden. We didn't know to do that. I never had heard of blight before. The vegetables in the garden all has a black spot on them which got bigger and bigger and the leaves and stems on everything turned yellow and gooey.

First, check that you are

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First, check that you are absolutely sure you had some form of blight? There are several diseases which are often known as blight, but they don't usually affect the whole garden indiscriminately. The most common is late blight of potatoes and tomatoes (Phytophthora infestans), but there is also early blight of potato and tomato (not quite as serious as late blight), fire blight which affects some fruits, chestnut blight, and more.
If you suffered from potato and tomato blight uou might find the following article useful:
If every plant in your garden was affected in some way, I would first look at your soil and make sure that there isn't a major nutrient deficiency - did they advise you of this when you had your soil tested? If so, you will need to amend your soil accordingly. I would also make sure that the soil in your garden isn't too compacted, waterlogged or dry, as most plants will find it very hard to thrive in these conditions.
It's very hard to advise on these things without seeing the garden in question and knowing its history and maintenance regime, but I hope that helps!

How do I kill blight and

How do I kill blight and repair my soil? Blight took over my garden last year and up till then I never knew there was such a horrible disease. My boyfriend and I spent lots of money and hardwork last year to fight the disease but never killed it out completely and I have looked it up on the internet and took a soil sample to the abstract office in the town that I live in. They didn't tell me how or what to do to get rid of this disease. This disease killed my entire garden last year and I don't. Want to move my garden if iI dont have to and I want to plant a garden this year also. If anyone can help me or has any information on this disease then I would really appreciate your help!!!! Thanks


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