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Growing healthy vegetables

Quick facts

Most garden plant diseases can be managed with some good preparation and attention to soil condition, sunlight and water.

  • Keep your garden free of debris.
  • Keep tools clean.
  • Use mulch or row covers to keep weeds down.
  • Watch for the first signs of insects or diseases and keep on top of them.
  • Discard diseased leaves and plants away from the garden.
  • Rotate crops.

You can manage garden diseases

Green peppers and red tomatoes on brown table cut open to show their seeds

Spots, rots, wilts and other plant problems often appear in the vegetable garden.

Below are a few strategies to keep plant diseases at a tolerable level.

Remember the goal is a good harvest of tasty vegetables. It's okay to tolerate low levels of plant disease.

Start out right


Managing disease throughout the season


Michelle Grabowski, Extension educator

Reviewed in 2018

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