Winter Squash Plants

Removing Insects Causing Blight


Anonymous added on September 8, 2015 | Answered

I have had blight on winter squash (particularly), rutabaga and tomatoes (I think). Carrots and kale escaped the curse just fine. We had an early rainy, cool season. I likely overwatered, too. Question is: my garden is only 8'x12', and there is no room to effectively rotate my crops. How do I get rid of the insects that bring the blight? (For coming year.)


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Downtoearthdigs
Certified GKH Gardening Expert
Answered on September 9, 2015

Before growing anything in that area, I would recommend solarizing the soil in the planting bed. This should help kill off any leftover bacteria as well as any insects that may be overwintering in the soil. Here is more information: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/garden-how-to/projects/how-to-solarize-garden-beds-to-eliminate-garden-pests-in-the-soil.htm

During the growing season, you can also treat plants with neem oil, which is safe to use and effective against many types of insect pests. Here is more information: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/problems/pests/neem-oil-uses.htm

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