Can soil from a blith infected crop be reused? - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by divinedesign
June 30, 2010
My cucumbers have a blith or fungus. I am removing the effected crop and have replacement cukes... should I use fresh soil or can I plant my new crop in the same soil? FYI: I do container gardening...Soil quality excellent and refreshed with peat moss, vermiculite, drainage not an issue but excessive rainfall has been a problem in this region for crops...


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Answer from NGA
June 30, 2010
I would suggest using fresh soil if possible. Many fungal diseases are carried over in plant debris or in the soil, so a fresh start would be the safest course. Or at least, use the soil in those containers for a crop that is not in the cucumber/squash family.

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