Common Scary Vegetable Diseases
There are different ways your vegetables can get sick. Threw
thousands of years of research and scientific technology many symptoms and
cures have been discovered and implemented. Vegetable diseases like human
diseases usually fall into one of three categories. These categories are
Bacterial, Viral or Fungal. Moreover, these diseases are carried through the
air, earth and water with the help of microscopic
organisms. Lack of nutrients in soil enhances the ability of these microscopic
organisms to carry their disease to the weakened plants.
Disease and insects can also travel to your garden on host
plants bought at local nurseries. When you buy vegetable plants from local
stores, always try to inspect them for signs of disease or insect problems. Do
the leaves have insect bites? Are the plants leaves yellow or spotted? These
are signs to not purchase them.
Prevention of disease sometimes is a matter of traditional
gardening practices. Rotate your crops every year. Even if you only have a
small area to garden, don’t grow the same type of vegetables in the same spots.
Mix it up. This confuses the insects, the bad microscopic organisms and brings
variety to your gardening. Other
prevention techniques are brought to us through the use of hybrids. Hybrid
vegetables are specifically bread to give a certain result. Some results may
include the vegetable being able to last longer on a store shelf. Or perhaps be
resistant to cracking or resistant to a specific disease. Though hybrids are great
for this, sometimes we have to give up taste or quality of the vegetable that
specific breading eliminates. There are occasions when hybrids are the only
solution to get a plant to grow productively. One big issue with hybrid
vegetables is when one wants to save seed. Saved seed doesn’t always grow true
to form. You are really never sure what type of parent variety you will get. If
you’re not saving seed, this is not a concern. Science is constantly coming up
with new ways to produce better seed but scientists still have a long way to go.
One technique used in our computerized age is genetic modification of organisms.
This is referred to as GMO’s for short. The modifications aren’t done on a farm
but in a laboratory. The ideas for some new plants are wonderful but more
research needs to be done. This GMO process is particularly bothersome to some health
groups. Special issues come up with seed being lab created to withstand the use
of heavy herbicides and pesticides. These groups feel that plants sprayed with
herbicides and or pesticides which survive, will carry these poisons in their
fruit and leaves. Though the vegetables look beautiful, the poisons can’t just
get washed off. More research needs to be completed to acquire the knowledge of
how harmful these chemical uses on GMO’s are to humans consuming the poison
treated vegetables. Though negative consequences are real, GMO’s still offer a
hope to create vegetables in large enough quantities to eliminating starvation
around the world. We can only hope these ethics, instead of money are their general
purposes and goal.