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How can I protect my seedlings from infection by diseases?

by dig the dirt editor

I'm worried about infections of diseases when my seedlings are just getting going... any preventitive steps? 

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disease, infection, gardening, seedling

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The best control for plant diseases is prevention. Here are a few simple steps to help stop the spread of disease before it starts: <br/> <br/>1. Remove and destroy severely infected plants or plant parts to avoid spreading diseases to healthy plants. Do not compost infected material. <br/>2. Space plants widely to allow good air circulation. <br/>3. Allow soil to dry out between waterings to avoid stem and root rot. <br/>4. Incorporate compost into the soil to introduce beneficial soil organisms and improve drainage. <br/>5. Do not work among plants when they are wet to avoid the spread of water-borne diseases. <br/>6. Mulch to prevent the splashing of fungi-infested mud onto plants. <br/>7. Sterilize hands and tools after working around infected plants by washing well with soap or applying rubbing alcohol. <br/>8. Remove and compost garden debris so diseases cannot overwinter in the garden. <br/>9. Water early in the day. This will allow plants to dry by nightfall. Fungal diseases thrive in cool, damp conditions. <br/>10. If you smoke, do not handle tomato and pepper plants, while smoking, to avoid the spread of tobacco mosaic disease. <br/>11. Control insect pests. Insects can carry disease from infected plants to healthy ones. <br/>12. Maintain a good schedule of watering and fertilization. Plants that are healthy and stress-free are better able to resist pest and disease infestation.
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dig the dirt editor commented on 01/13/10
How about crop rotation? Doesn't that aid in desease control?
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Barb replied: on 08/04/10

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