Common Pepper Plant Diseases and Treatments

Fungus related diseases are the most common in Pepper plants. Plants generally display discoloration, spots, and poor growth. Pepper leaves may yellow and drop off. Many of these diseases of pepper plants can be prevented by: Planting disease-resistant varieties Rotating vegetable crops every other year Implementing proper watering and cultivation techniques. Keeping the area free of … Read more Common Pepper Plant Diseases and Treatments

Why Corn Stalks and Leaves Turn Red and How to Prevent It

Corn plants will sometimes turn red to reddish-purple, generally later in the season. That’s not something you really want to see when you’re anticipating roasting or boiling some juicy ears of sweet corn. The redness is indicative of a sugar accumulation in the leaves and stalks which results from too few kernels being developed on … Read more Why Corn Stalks and Leaves Turn Red and How to Prevent It

Using Baking Soda (Sodium Bicarbonate) As a Fungicide and Insecticide

Sodium Bicarbonate, commonly known as Baking Soda works well as an efficient and cost effective fungicide and insecticide. It is actually registered with the EPA for use against certain plant fungi, powdery mildew. Sprinkled near the base of plants it will kill and or deter slugs and cutworms, it is also useful against roaches and … Read more Using Baking Soda (Sodium Bicarbonate) As a Fungicide and Insecticide

Purple Tomato Leaves: Why Are My Tomato Leaves Turning Purple?

Tomato Leaves turning purple is a cause for concern. The most common reason this occurs is a phosphorus deficiency. Tomatoes are heavy phosphorus feeders. The most common and logical reason for a phosphorus deficiency is simply that there is not adequate phosphorus in the soil, but it is not the only reason. At times there … Read more Purple Tomato Leaves: Why Are My Tomato Leaves Turning Purple?

Watermelon Splitting: What Causes a Watermelon to Split?

Melon Varieties Prone to Splitting Some thin-skinned watermelon varieties are prone to splitting and cracking. They are sometimes dubbed ‘exploding melons’ for this very reason. Thin rind varieties are infamous for this and tend to split more often on the vine. But even Thick Rind varieties can at times burst or split. Thin rind varieties … Read more Watermelon Splitting: What Causes a Watermelon to Split?

Edema (Oedema) Disease in Plants | Identification, Symptoms, and Cures

What is Edema and What Causes it? Edema, also known as Oedema, is [caused by] an irregular, abnormal, excessive water retention by plants. It is generally the result of environmental factors, such as heavy rains and wet weather sometimes coupled with over -watering by over-attentive gardeners. The plants basically become bloated and gorged with moisture. … Read more Edema (Oedema) Disease in Plants | Identification, Symptoms, and Cures

3 Methods for Preserving Onions: Canning, Freezing, and Dehydrating

You’ve been toiling in the garden all year now the harvest is in. What you have is an abundance of onions. If you have more onions than you can eat in a few sittings, you’ll want to preserve them. Here we will share 3 common methods for preserving onions: freezing, canning, and dehydrating. 3 Ways … Read more 3 Methods for Preserving Onions: Canning, Freezing, and Dehydrating

Garlic Growing Problems. Cause, Prevention, Treatment

Garlic accumulates a naturally occurring fungicide sulfur, which also is helpful in pest suppression, it discourages many common garden pests. Unfortunately you repel some of the bugs some of the time and all of the bugs some of the time but you can’t repel all the bugs all the time. There are insects and fungal … Read more Garlic Growing Problems. Cause, Prevention, Treatment