How To Avoid Recurrence Of Wilting Disease In Garden

Question From: MICHIGAN
Q: Last year my garden got the wilting disease. (yes, there were a lot of tears) I do not want to miss out on a whole year of gardening, so can I put pots in the garden? The bad soil will not leak into the pots will it?

A: Mona, there is no such thing as "the wilt" a disease that attacks an entire garden. Diseases are plant specific. Fungal spores do not leak into pots, but the spores can be airborne, so I would mulch the soil. I would move the locations of the plants about. - don't place potted tomatoes where you grew tomatoes last year. Excessive fertilizing with chemicals and lack of water weakens plants making them vulnerable to disease. Best And Happy Yardening, Nancy