Garden pests and diseases can be so annoying!
Some years garden pests and diseases lead to the worst vegetable gardening years ever!
How’s that saying go? “If you’re not killing plants, you’re not growing as a gardener.” Something like that anyway, and my apologies for not knowing who to credit. I think I read this first on a magnet on a fellow gardener’s fridge years ago.
A few reasons you might have a crap garden pests and disease season:
Sometimes traveling a lot during the growing season may mean pests and disease arrive. That’s because you aren’t around as much to monitor crops daily. And that means pests and disease issues may settle into your garden on the sly.
Another issue might be not giving soil the careful attention before you plant.
Too, even when you practice crop rotation, pests and disease still may their way into your crops.
So what’s a gardener to do when crops fail because of these nasties?
When your garden doesn’t turn out as perfectly as you’d hoped, roll with the punches. And savor every bit of what you can harvest. As well, dispose of diseased plants as soon as possible. And plan to do better in the future. Moreover, if you need help growing your gardening skills, we’re here to help! Sign up to be notified when our gardening programs open (and get rewarded with free lessons and email tips right away!)
Facing damaged plants & need help right now?
If pests and disease have infiltrated your garden, these articles on garden issues we’ve faced might help.
Could your issue be pee weevils? These pests have notched our sugar snap peas, snow peas, and fava beans in years past. So that meant we didn’t plant any pole or bush beans in those beds for quite a while later.
Or maybe you’ve got an issue with cabbage butterflies. They’re sweet to see in flight, but they’ll demolish kale, cabbage, and their relatives fast.
Even if you’ve enjoyed many years of bumper crop tomato harvests, blight might become an issue. But we’ve got some tips to help you grow a strong tomato crop that might prove resilient to this disease.
Finally, every food gardener faces powdery mildew at some point. This disease favors hot, dry weather, and goes gangbusters all over our zucchini, cucumbers, and squash plants.
We have tried baking soda sprays to beat back powdery mildew. But that was simply exhausting to us. And it damaged the plants.
So, consider trying this method instead to deal with powdery mildew disease on your squash.