Answer: Rot is caused by either fungi or bacteria, both of which thrive in soils that are too moist or where plants do not get adequate air circulation. You may be able to avoid the problem by spacing the plants further apart to increase air movement around plants and soil. It also helps to rotate plantings - plant diseases/pests build up in soil where only one crop is grown. Planting on a three-year cycle, or planting a mixture of species, usually creates enough diversity to reduce these problems. Try gaillardia (Indian Blanket), Phacelia, Forget-Me-Not and California Poppies for a change of pace. Hope this helps!
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