Unfortunately every gardener will eventually have the horrible feeling of loss of some veggies due to a Vegetable disease. Don't panic! Here are some stuff to look out for.
Most blight is caused by too much humidity or is a result of
water left on leaves after watering. Blight browns a plants leaves. This
browning cuts off a plants ability to properly use photosynthesis killing the
plant. The solution, don’t water leaves, water roots.
Blossom End Rot
Blossom End Rot causes the plants fruit to appear rotten on
the blossom side. This issue is due to a lack of or the plants ability utilizes
calcium in the soil. Plants can’t process needed calcium from dry soil. Keeping
soils wet and well drained helps this problem when amounts of calcium in the
soil are sufficient. If there is lack of calcium source in the soil, calcium
needs to be added. Dried crushed egg shell in the garden soil will help. I have
also heard of gardeners crushing and liquefying the stomach medicine Tums to
water the plants in which have blossom end rot. Give it a shot if you’re in
Mildews, like powdery mildew are caused by bad microscopic
bacterial carrying fungi. These organisms thrive and multiply quickly in moist
environments like moist plants leaves. If mildew is spotted, it is best to cut
off infected leaves and put the infected leaves in trash. Do not compost these
leaves. This Fungi may live on in the compost and destroy future crops.
Just as the name implies, sun scald vegetables are scalded by
the sun’s rays. Sun scald causes the vegetables to have an appearance of being
dried out and sunburned. This sun scalding happens more often and the closer to
the summer solar equinox period and during hot dry spell periods. Prevention
can be obtained by applying a sun screen over your garden when the problem
is everywhere. It’s even in the air around us.Most earth life needs a portion of nitrogen to survive. Plant life
generally gets their needed nitrogen from the microscopically broken down earth
soils.The true signs that a plant lacks
its needing nitrogen are yellowing of the plants leaves. Nitrogen deficiencies kill
plants similarly to the way blights do, by destroying the plants leaves.Nitrogen deficiencies can be thwarted by
adding compost and blood meal to the soil around the plants. Well composted
manures are also a great way to add nitrogen due to the animal urine/poop mix.
Just make sure manures are well composed. Un-composed manures can carry bad bacterium
Though mosaic tile can be pretty, Mosaic virus is a
killer. The grape leaf isn't the best example I have had because I am in the habit of pulling the infected leaves off quickly. Mosaic stuns a plants growth and
causes the plant to have mottled yellowish puckered leaves. Aphids and other
insects tend to carry the virus from plant to plant so get rid of aphids when
possible. The best way to kill Mosaic is to destroy the carrying plant and start
over with a hybrid with more resistance to the disease.