Answer: Without knowing the specific problem(s) in question it is difficult to give you an accurate answer. As with many things in gardening, there may be a combination of things that might work. Certainly sanitation and crop rotation are very important, as would be growing resistant varieties wherever they exist and following careful cultivation practices such as never purposely watering the foliage (especiallylate in the day), enhancing air circulation and never planting too close together. Careful attention to optimum watering and plant nutrition can help as generally healthy plants will be less susceptible. Many gardeners also find that maintaining an extremely healthy soil full of organic matter (and microorganisms) from sources such as compost helps plants stay healthier and in some cases can even combat infection. I would also suggest that you consult with your County Extension(424-9485) to identify the problem(s) with certainty and see what specific control recommendations they have based on that information.
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