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Dealing With Plant Diseases (page 3 of 3)

Just like people, strong, healthy plants are more able to fight off infection than weak, malnourished ones. Here's how to keep yours in shape.

Excerpted from Simple Steps: Vegetable Gardening

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Add Lime to Acidic Soil Before Planting Cabbage

Add lime to acidic soils before planting brassicas to increase the pH level and reduce the incidence of clubroot.

Deficiency, Not Disease 

Signs of nutrient deficiency, such as yellowing leaves and blossom end rot on tomatoes and peppers, are often mistaken for diseases. Learn to recognize these disorders, so that you can act quickly and minimize their effects. Sometimes the remedy is as simple as improving the water supply; other problems may need fertilizer added to the soil.

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Excerpted from Simple Steps: Vegetable Gardening

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