Powdery Mildew on Beefsteak Tomatoes - Knowledgebase Question

Meriden, CT
Question by MccarthyII
February 2, 2001
last summer I planted beefsteak tomatoes for the first time. There was alot of rain last year and my plants, when grown, were very close together. They got a powdery white mildew all over them all of a sudden and the plants started to yellow although they still produced tomatoes (although not as many as I understand these plants usually do). My garden has been untouched and I didn't get a chance to remove any of the plants last fall or till the soil for the upcoming fall. What should I do to the garden? I'm afraid the disease or mold is just festering in the soil and I would like to plant the tomatoes again this coming spring. If I do till the soil as soon as it is soft enough, will the plants get the same disease agian? Do I have to move my garden or is there something I can treat the soil with? Thanks for your help!


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Answer from NGA
February 2, 2001

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the build-up of plant specific pests and diseases. Be sure to provide plenty of space between all plants for air circulation. Good cultural practices are your best defense!
the build-up of plant specific pests and diseases. Be sure to provide plenty of space between all plants for air circulation. Good cultural practices are your best defense!

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