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Photo 6 of 6Another way to prevent the spread of diseases is to use antibacterial wipes on your tools and antibacterial lotion on your hands.

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This won't kill all harmful diseases, but it'll keep down the spread of germs, especially if you've had sick plants in your garden. Using these products after you've touched a potentially diseased plant is a quick and easy way to protect yourself and your plants.

Water is one of the biggest carriers of disease, so don't touch a wet plant. If you do touch one, dry and clean your hands before you move to the next one. Standing water on leaves creates a welcome home for mildew and rot. When you water, always do it early in the morning so the leaves can dry, or use a soaker hose so water stays off the leaves.
Make sure your harvest techniques follow the same rule: When picking vegetables, always put them in a clean basket or bucket. Make sure your hands are clean, and wash your harvest under clear, cold water. Pick vegetables just before you eat them for the best flavor.

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