Diseases in Garden
Our garden is plagued with diseases this year and we don't know what's going on. Is anyone else having problems?
Since this is our 3rd year gardening and have only had powdery mildew, we don't know what's going on. I have sought help in many ways- including this forum but I still don't know what to do.
We have disease on tomatoes, squash, peas, beans, cucumbers, and eggplants.
I thought it was bacterial wilt, then read about spotted wilt. I can't determine which it is or if there is a difference. Some sites list one or the other.
The new discovery was the spotted wilt on the fruit. Can you still eat these tomatoes? Now, the fruit spotted wilt is only showing on 1 plant, but the leaf disease is on all plants. I have dusted with copper and will do another spray tonight (less than 1 week) bc I don't know what to do.
I know we have powdery mildew but I also think this is bacterial wilt. It's on all our cucurbits and I have seen a few stripped cucumber beetles. Also dusted with copper. However, we have lots of squash and we don't want the plants to die before we can harvest them (4 varieties all have it). We were told we have to wait until after the first frost (Oct?) but also told just until they are fingernail hard.
Our peas got injured- lattice fell over and bent the stems of the peas early in the season. A month ago the leaves started getting white spots and dying off. I thought (bc it's our first time planting peas) that since it's so hot here, the heat is killing the peas. But, today I noticed a white mildewy coating on the stems. The peas have also produced recently which I thought was odd too- several weeks without anything, then bam, 2 handfuls.
The leaves closest to the ground have yellowing and browning similar to bacterial or spotted wilt. Does this disease just take over the garden?
5)Next year- are we doomed? Is our soil contaminated? How can you rid the soil of these diseases for fall planting, and next season planting?
Please help. I have been to Harlequin Gardens, Sturtz, and the extension office (which told me to go to a florist shop to ask these questions????)
Hopefully I can post the pics.