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Millstone, West Virginia
stinn
Apr 1, 2018 4:58 PM CST
For 3 yrs. early blight has done in our tomatoes in raised beds (ridge top WV garden) and last year our peppers too.
The chemical sprays recommended by the garden centers haven't worked and I hate to use them. Is there a way to get rid of the problem before the plants are in the ground?
Name: Anne
Summerville, SC (Zone 8a)
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Xeramtheum
Apr 2, 2018 8:49 AM CST
Hi and welcome to NGA!

The way to fix it is to replace all your soil. Remove it from the raised bed then spray the borders and the bed with a 25% bleach solution if the bed is surrounded by wood or any other structure. Let it all dry out and put in new soil.
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G'Kar
Millstone, West Virginia
stinn
Apr 4, 2018 4:55 PM CST
I guess I'm not surprised, but . . .Ouch! It has taken me 20 years to create the soil in those beds: LOTS of compost combined with our heavy clay to make a loose, nutrient rich soil that drains well. Can the contaminated soil be used for anythings else? Lawn? Flowers? Any vegetables? And how far from the raised beds should it be removed? Thanks for the help.
Name: stone
near Macon Georgia (USA) (Zone 8a)
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stone
Apr 4, 2018 4:57 PM CST
I would plant anything I wanted in that garden... except tomatoes or peppers.

Some people grow their maters in pots, other people search for resistant varieties.
Name: Anne
Summerville, SC (Zone 8a)
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Xeramtheum
Apr 4, 2018 6:53 PM CST
If you can't plant something else in the bed, another thing you might try is solarization of the soil - but it's usually a last ditch effort. You'll need to get something like visqueen plastic that is large enough to cover the bed entirely.

First remove every bit of leafy detritus you can from the bed then water it down really well and put the plastic on top of it pulling it tight and smooth. Make sure there are no gaps between the soil and the plastic and anchor the plastic so it won't move. Your weather and how much sun the bed gets determines how long to leave the plastic on. The idea is to heat it up enough to kill all the micro organisms a few inches down. I'd give it 6 weeks at least.
"The Universe speaks in many languages, but only one voice. It speaks in the language of hope; It speaks in the language of trust; It speaks in the language of strength, and the language of compassion. It is the language of the heart and the language of the soul. But always, it is the same voice. It is the voice of our ancestors, speaking through us, And the voice of our inheritors, waiting to be born. It is the small, still voice that says: We are one. No matter the blood; No matter the skin; No matter the world; No matter the star; We are one. No matter the pain; No matter the darkness; No matter the loss; No matter the fear; We are one. Here, gathered together in common cause. we agree to recognize this singular truth, and this singular rule: That we must be kind to one another, because each voice enriches us and ennobles us, and each voice lost diminishes us. We are the voice of the Universe, the soul of creation, the fire that will light the way to a better future. We are one."

G'Kar
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