Read more about the article Bacterial Wilt:  What Is It and How to Protect Your Garden
Bacterial wilt on tomatoes, Univ. of Florida Edu

Bacterial Wilt: What Is It and How to Protect Your Garden

What is Bacterial Wilt? Bacterial wilt is a plant disease that is caused by different kinds of bacteria: Erwinia tracheiphila, Enterobacteriaceae, Burkholderiaceae, or Ralstonia solanacearum.  Once the bacterium infects a plant, it will multiply rapidly and clog the plant’s vascular system, making it impossible for water to be transported to plant tissue. …

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Read more about the article Bean Rust: How to Identify, Treat, and Prevent It
Bean rust on black-eyed pea, Okra In My Garden

Bean Rust: How to Identify, Treat, and Prevent It

Bean rust is a fungal disease that attacks legumes, like black-eyed peas, purple hull peas, green beans, pole beans, fava beans, snow peas, snap peas, etc.  The spores, which spread easily, can affect all parts of the plant, including the leaves, pods, stems, and shoots. Rust fungi have a complicated life…

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Read more about the article Powdery Mildew and Downy Mildew:  What’s the Difference?
Powdery Mildew and Downy Mildew

Powdery Mildew and Downy Mildew: What’s the Difference?

Fungal diseases like black sooty mold, Cercospora leaf spot, Fusarium wilt, and Verticillium wilt can seemingly appear overnight, threatening the plants we have labored to care for.  To successfully combat plant diseases such as these, it is important to identify them and treat them while they are still in the…

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Read more about the article Downy Mildew: How to Identify, Treat, and Prevent It
Downy mildew on cucumber, New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station

Downy Mildew: How to Identify, Treat, and Prevent It

Downy mildew is a fungus-like pathogen that appears in gardens in the spring and fall when wet, cool conditions are present. Often confused with powdery mildew, which is a true fungus, downy mildew is a parasitic organism classified as an oomycete or a water mold. Not surprisingly, downy mold, as the condition is also known,…

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Read more about the article How to Treat Black Sooty Mold
Black sooty mold and scales, Scot Nelson, flickr

How to Treat Black Sooty Mold

If you have noticed a black or dark brown, powdery, soot-like mold covering primarily the upper surface of leaves and branches, chances are it's sooty mold.  This fungal organism grows on the honeydew secretions of aphids, scale, whiteflies, leafhoppers, mealybugs, and psyllids.  When fungal spores land on the sweet, sticky…

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Read more about the article How to Treat Cercospora Leaf Spot Organically
Cercospora leaf spot on beet leaf, Okra In My Garden

How to Treat Cercospora Leaf Spot Organically

Cercospora leaf spot is a common fungal disease that affects a wide assortment of weeds, shrubs and plants, including flower and vegetable plants.  In addition to leaves, the fungus can also affect other parts of the plant like stems, fruit, and seeds.  Some of the crops that are more susceptible…

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Read more about the article Plant Edema: Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment
Sweet potato vine with signs of edema, Okra In My Garden

Plant Edema: Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment

Most people are familiar with edema, the term used for the swelling that occurs when body tissue retains too much fluid.  But few are aware that edema can also occur in plants.What is Plant Edema?Plant edema, or oedema as it is also spelled, is a condition that occurs when a…

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Read more about the article Powdery Mildew Prevention and Treatment
Zucchini leaf with powdery mildew, Okra In My Garden

Powdery Mildew Prevention and Treatment

What is Powdery Mildew?Powdery mildew is a fungal disease that is caused by one of several different types of fungi, depending on the host plant.  For many gardeners, it can be the bane of their gardening existence.  If you haven't experienced, just wait, you will. This disease can affect all manner…

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Read more about the article What is Damping Off or Fusarium Wilt?
Fursarium wilt, Green Life Crop Protection

What is Damping Off or Fusarium Wilt?

What is Damping Off or Fusarium Wilt?Fusarium wilt, better known among home gardeners as damping off, is a disease that afflicts the vascular system of plants.  It most commonly infects plants in the nightshade (solanaceous) family, such as tomato, pepper, potato, and eggplant. Soil contaminated with the fungus can keep seeds…

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