VEGE GARDEN HYGIENE
Autumn is a good time to think about the health of your vege garden and take steps to avoid passing on diseases from season to season.
1. Take note while harvesting and clearing out beds of which varieties cropped well as well as those which disappeared behind a white veil of powdery mildew. Did wind, weather or location make any difference to a particular crop? Write it all down as a reminder for next spring.
2. Some varieties resist disease and crop better. Save seed from those plants which did exceptionally well. (Remember that hybrids won’t breed true.) Research better varieties to replace this year’s duds. If you’ve got the space, growing a mix of cultivars reduces overall exposure to disease severity and increases the odds that at least some will cope with whatever the weather gets up to.
3. Healthy soil grows healthy plants. Adding organic matter improves all soil types by feeding the microorganisms that create the fertility and structure of the soil. So be lavish with compost