Yesterday, I posted some organic gardening tips from the plant doctors at The American Phytopathological Society. Today’s blog entry offers additional suggestions.

  • Scout regularly for symptoms in the garden so you can pick off the occasional spotted leaf before problems escalate.
  • Irrigate new trees and shrubs the first two years, especially during dry weather, to help them establish good root systems.
  • For flower beds and your vegetable garden, use a soaker hose or some type of irrigation system that won’t wet the foliage and encourage leaf spots.
  • Obtain a diagnosis when the cause of a problem is unclear or needs identification.
  • Prune only in dry weather, especially when pruning plants prone to fire blight, such as pears, crabapples and hawthorns.
  • Join a Master Gardener class to learn more about the fun of growing and maintaining plants.