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Garden Disease and Pest Prevention Calendar

Garden Disease and Pest Prevention Calendar

When to Handle                Steps to Take

 Before planting                   Choose the right site

                                          Cut down or remove weeds outside the garden

                                          Deep spade the garden

                                          Fertilize before planting

                                          Mulch

                                          Plan for crop rotation

                                          Plan planting time to avoid peak insect infestations

                                          Buy certified disease-free seed

                                          Buy healthy transplants

                                          Select resistant varieties

At planting time                  Companion plant

                                          Give the vegetables proper spacing

                                          Plant several different vegetables together across the bed

                                          Plant at proper time to avoid peak insect infestation

                                          Plant resistant varieties

                                          Rotate crops

                                          Use selective organic herbicides as weed killers

During growing season       Clean up garden trash on a regular basis

                                          Immediately destroy infected plants or plant parts

                                          Weed regularly

                                          Smokers, wash hands

                                          Stay out of garden during wet weather

                                          Use selective organic herbicides as weed killers

                                          Water early in the morning

At or after the harvest        Clean up garden trash

                                          Clean up plant debris, dead fruit

                                           Destroy infected plants or plant parts

                                          

nebraskadave
9/23/2013 4:18:10 PM

Karen, thanks for all the advise about fall gardening. I can't believe it's already time to be thinking about putting the garden to bed. Only three more weeks until our frost date here in Nebraska. The summer really passed by fast. It was a very late spring so the garden time was really cut over a month shorter than usual. Have a great fall garden day.