Organic Gardening - How to Control Plant Diseases Organically
People often think there is little they can do to control plant disease in
organic gardens. With an organic garden, you can't apply fungicides to eliminate
disease problems. However, there's plenty you can do to organically promote
and maintain healthy, productive plants.
The old saying "an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure" is popular
in the world of disease control, in both the animal and the plant world.
It takes on a real meaning in organic gardening, as many of the disease control
methods focus on healthy plants and avoiding diseases.
Organic Disease Control Methods:
Here are some methods you can use to organically ward off and fight disease
problems with your plants:
Promote healthy plants - Healthy plants are less likely to get a disease.
If they do, they are better able to fight the disease...and win.
Create the ideal environment - Lots of sunlight, good air
circulation, low humidity. Many plant diseases thrive in just the opposite
Trim and thin bushy plants - Many plant diseases hide and thrive
in the dark recesses of bushy plants.
Insect control - Insects pick up tiny disease spores on their feet,
and transport them from plant to plant.
Lime/Sulfur/Copper Sulfate sprays - these naturally occurring
minerals are effective against a variety of plant diseases. Copper sulfate
is a good organic alternative to chemical fungicides, for treating powdery
Crop Rotation - Plants disease can harbor over winter in your
soil. Rotating crops will help to eliminate this problem.
Clean Tools - Disease can be picked up on your pruning shears and
scissors. As you snip off a branch or twig, the open wound is a great entryway
More on Organic Gardening:
Organic garden seeds - the all important starting
Garden soil and soil amendments
Organic fertilizers seaweed and
Insect repellents/insect control
Control diseases organically