avoiding blight for next year


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avoiding blight for next year

centralpadiner | | Sep 2, 2010 10:21 AM

Hello all. Long time chowhound, intermediate gardener, but first time poster on the chowhound gardening board.

I was just out cleaning up in the garden, and as is usual where I live, late blight has started to hit the tomato plants. I removed the most severely diseased plant, removed diseased sections of the other 3, and disposed of in the trash - not compost.

So, my question is this. Is there anything I can or should be doing this winter to my soil to destroy the fungal spores? It seems that despite the limited amount of crop rotation I can do in my small space, I am setting myself up for a worsening fungal problem year after year. Of course, this years hot, dry summer was nothing in comparison to last year. However, we still seem to get this by late August no matter what we have done - water from the bottom, plenty of space for air circulation, etc. I also seemed to get diseases on my eggplant and yellow squash, but not sure what it was, perhaps it was insect damage instead.

Any ideas to lessen problems for next year?


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