Disease Control in your
Vegetable Garden

If your vegetables are being destroyed by disease it is important to take action. How do you identify what is happening and then what can you do about it? There are strategies you can use to prevent any damage happening to your vegetable garden.

If you are still having problems there are organic practices and preventions that can help. One of these practices is to attract beneficial bugs and insects to your garden. Provide safety in a place for them to live, water by having some kind of water feature or bath for them to use and providing food by planting some of the flowers listed below will help you have a healthy vegetable garden.

    Beneficial animals:
  • Birds – place bird house, feeders, water bowls; protect berries and fruits with netting.
  • Bats – bat house, flattened bird house with an entrance slot on the bottom
  • Toads – provide water and shelter with an upside down clay flower pot with holes chipped out on the sides for an entrance. The eat slugs.
  • Snakes – pile rocks and sticks leaving room for snakes to enter. They eat slugs, snails, and insects.

    Beneficial insects:
  • Braconid wasps
  • Earthworms
  • Ground beetles
  • Honeybees
  • Ichneumon wasps
  • Lacewings
  • Lady bugs (ladybird beetles)
  • Praying mantises
  • Robber flies
  • Spiders
  • Syrphid flies
  • Tachind flies
  • Yellow jackets (hornets)

    Beneficial flowers:
  • Marigolds
  • Calendula
  • Sunflower
  • California poppy
  • Flowers of dill, parsley
  • Lemon balm
  • Flowers of broccoli and celery
  • Nasturtiums

Learn how to identify each disease, the damage they do, susceptible vegetables, and what to do if you are having problems by choosing from the following list:

  • clubroot
  • dampening off
  • downy mildew
  • late blight
  • powdery mildew
  • scab
  • white mold

Check out animal pests and insects for a list of common animal pests and insects that can cause damage to your vegetables.

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