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Problems and Pests of the Vegetable Garden

Diseases, insects and other critters will try and invade your vegetable garden. Don't let them get the better of you or your veggies. Start with a defense against garden pests and be prepared to treat whatever problems might occur.
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Baking Soda Recipe for Controlling Powdery Mildew on Plants
Powdery mildew and other fungus diseases of plants have long been treated successfully with a mixture of baking soda, water and and oil or soap to help it spread.

Companion Planting - Pairing Plants to Control the Insect Balance in Your Garden
Companion planting is an age old gardening technique of pairing two or more plants to gain some type of benefit,: vigorous growth, higher yield, repelling pests or attracting predators of common pests. Some companion plantings work, others disappoint. But the idea of strength in diversity is never truer than in the garden and that’s what...

Cucumbers - Bacterial Wilt?
Cucumber vines that mysteriously wilt and die off are probably infected with bacterial wilt. Cucumber bacterial wilt is transmitted by the cucumber beetle. There’s not much you can do once the vines are infected with cucumber bacterial wilt, but you can take some measures early in the season to protect your young cucumber plants. Here’s help for cucumber bacterial wilt.

Is Cornmeal a Fungicide
Researchers at Texs A&M have discovered that cornmeal has powerful fungicidal properties and is effective on all kinds of landscape fungus problems, from turf grass to black spot on roses. Here’s how to apply cornmeal to treat fungus problems in your garden.

Cucumbers - What Makes them Bitter?
Even if you get a lot of cucumbers from your plants, they are no prize if they taste bitter. Here are the most common reasons for bitter cukes and how to avoid them.

Nutrient Problems - Identifying Plant Nutrient Deficiencies
Yellowing leaves, streaks and spots aren't always signs of disease or pests. Sometimes your plants just need to be fed.

Organic Pesticides
Profiles of the organic pesticides that are commonly used in the garden and just what they do.

Pea Inoculant - What Does It Do and Is It Really Necessary?
It is often recommended that you treat your pea seeds with an inoculant, before planting. What does the inoculant do and is it really necessary?

Radish Growing Problems
Radishes can be one of the easiest vegetables to grow and they certainly are one of the fastest, but there are a handful of problems that can plague home gardeners when trying to grow radishes. Luckily, all of these problems are avoidable if you grow your radishes in good conditions.

Squash Vine Borers - Signs of Squash Vine Borer Damage and How to Control It.
Squash vine borers find their way into the stem of squash plants, causing them to wilt suddenly and eventually die. There are signs to look for to avoid squash vine borer damage and ways to control the damage if squash vine borers do attack your vines.

What are Soilborne Diseases
I'm sure you've heard the term, but what exactly are these diseases that live in your soil and more importantly, what can you do about them?

Worm Compost as an Orgnic Pest Control
Another organic control has been added to the vegetable gardener’s arsenal with new studies that show adding worm compost can cut down on damage by sucking and chewing insects like aphids, caterpillars and mealy bugs.

Lettuce - What Causes Bolting and What Can I Do About It?
Lettuce and other leafy vegetables can bolt to seed prematurely. Long sunny days are the main cause of this, but there are a few things you can do to avert bolting.

Disease Prevention in Home Gardens
Preventing disease in the garden is easier to handle than curing it, with some tips from University of Missouri Extension.

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