If you Eliminate the Cause, You Eliminate it's
When dealing with diseases, it's the cause which you
must control, or cure, rather then the effect (disease). I will not attempt to describe
each type of disease for you in this book. There are many books out which do just that,
instead I will point you in the right direction since it has been my experience that you
need not know the name of the disease to treat it. Remember, all diseases are treated
basically the same way. As long as you treat the cause, the effects will disappear. If the
disease is persistent after following the below steps then proceed on to the organic
disease control section.
Always key into Nutrition First.
What are you feeding your plants and
soil? Tell me the truth now, really, what are you feeding it? If you say
"nothing" then your just as bad as the person who says "I'm feeding it
something I bought at the nursery"! There is nothing like proper nutrition for proper
health! For as in humans so it is with plants.
Always Seek Balance, When things are out of balance,
Infestation and Disease occurs.
Balance is as important to the soil and plants
as it is to humans. When things are in balance, stress is reduced and all things function
The Good Guys and the Bad Guys don't live in the same place.
Bad bacteria and good bacteria do not
share the same soil. Dead soil is not actually dead but instead contains the presence of
bad bacteria or fungi or any number of disease sources.
Avoid High Nitrogen Fertilizers.
The continual use of chemicals in the
soil eventually destroys both the bacteriological and biological balance of the soil. Also
present are the salt deposits of the various fertilizers, etc., used through out the
years. This causes major changes in the ph levels of the soil effecting nutritional
absorption by the plants. This will lead to higher stress levels in all things associated
with this soil. The application of not only high nitrogen fertilizers but the application
of any type of fertilizer is very bad for the soil, the plants, the insects, the animals,
the birds and all humans involved. High nitrogen also promotes the various diseases found
in the garden. Why? High nitrogen causes stress & imbalance in the soil & plants,
the same way a high sugar diet does in humans. The more natural the sources the more
acceptable the supply.
Poor health and high stress of plants are
due to improper nutrition.
The stronger the plant the less the disease
will affect it. Avoid using any chemical fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides, etc.
Chemical fertilizers are not complete foods. They provide only a small amount of the total
diet required for healthy plant growth. NPK does not a complete dinner for plants make!
Stressed Out Plants.
The same rules of pest control
apply to disease controls, the higher the stress, the greater the problem associated with
it and the harder it will be to control.
Dead or Water Soaked Soil.
Amend with compost, rock dust and animal
manure if available. You should have plenty of earthworms. Dead water soaked soils have no
earthworms. Compost and mulching will increase organic matter to soil allowing bacterial
and nutritional resources to increase. Increase drainage. Practice soil rotation if
possible. Rotation of crops is suggested whenever possible. If a raised bed is used allow
the bed to go fallow for one season.
Some Diseases are introduced by Viruses.
Destroy diseased plants. Throw away in the
trash. Do not compost since most backyard gardeners do not compost in big enough piles in
which the temperature is high enough to kill the fungi. Avoid spreading the disease by
cleaning your tools with alcohol in-between cuttings.. Do not use chemical fungicides.
They only will cause more problems both to your health and the soils health1. Use Compost
Some Diseases are introduced by Weeds.
Use disease free seedlings and plants. Many
diseases are carried from one plant to another by humans, insects, animals, etc.. Be
especially careful when bring potted plants with soil into the home. Certain weeds are
hosts to pests which carry the disease from one plant to another., therefore weed control
of some type is important. Weeds can also provide homes for many beneficial so choose
Some Diseases are spread by Insects.
Many diseases are carried around by insects such as the
ant. Control the insect populations in your areas. Learn what insects spread what disease.
Improper Varieties Planted.
Proper placement of variety is important.
Choose a location which gets as much light as needed by the plant for proper growth. Make
sure the plant's will grow normally in your area. Choose the correct variety for your
area. Heirloom varieties are stronger and more suited for organic gardening. Write to
Abundant Life Foundation or Seeds of Change. Use Trap crops in addition to various types of
traps which attracts the pests away from the garden.
Improper Planting Time.
Observe the correct planting dates on
vegetables, etc for best results. Planting during the wrong time of year also exposes
plants to insects that would not normally effect your plants if they had been planted at
the right time. Also temp and amount of day light is important.
Improper Watering Techniques.
Avoid overhead watering. Use a soaker hose or a drip system when ever
How Important is it to Identify the
Diseases in different plants may have the same
name but will show different symptoms thus making Identifying very difficult if not
impossible. While I encourage you to try and Identify the disease that is attacking your
plant's), you must remember that the basic treatment's remains the same regardless of the
disease. This book was not designed to help you to identify the pest or disease. There are
many books out there that are good for that purpose.
The Invisible Gardener says: It doesn't take magic to
control diseases naturally!
I was last here on
Saturday, March 9, 2013
1...Chemical Fungicides destroy the bacteria & " Goods Guys" in the soil,
and can cause health problems in humans and animals.
Dont Panic Its Organic - Natural Disease Control