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Common Diseases in the Home Garden

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Parasitic diseases and nonparasitic disorders can cause serious vegetable losses in home gardens. Many species of microorganisms — including fungi, bacteria, viruses, phytoplasmas and nematodes — cause diseases of vegetable crops. For disease to occur, plant pathogens must come in contact with a susceptible host plant. Pathogens can be carried to the plants by various means, including wind, water, insects, infested seed, transplants, soil, animals and h…

Disease Prevention in Home Vegetable Gardens

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Vegetable gardening is the number one hobby in the United States. Keeping a garden healthy and attractive requires attention not only to its size and location but also to the soil, water availability, sunlight and air circulation in the garden. These environmental conditions can determine susceptibility to plant diseases. Diseased plants are unsightly and also detract from the enjoyment and fruits of the hobby.

Diseases affect home garden vegetable pla…

Exhibiting and Judging Garden Vegetables

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Whether on an individual basis at fairs or in 4-H, FFA or a garden club competition, exhibiting vegetables is an excellent way to learn more about quality and handling of vegetables. While setting up an exhibit, you have a chance to meet others with similar interests and learn from them. Win or lose, you can learn from the experience and accept the challenge to improve future displays and exhibits.

Frequently Asked Vegetable Questions

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Here are answers to questions about vegetable gardening.

Managing Nematodes in Gardens

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Most plants, whether naturally occurring or cultivated, have nematodes associated with them.

Marketing Vegetables in Missouri

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Marketing is as important to vegetable growers as a high yield. Producing vegetable crops is often relatively easy, but finding a market or optimal combination of markets can be challenging. Low transportation costs and the ability to produce vine-ripe, fresh vegetables give Missouri vegetable growers a competitive advantage in marketing many types of vegetables. Season-extending technology, such as high tunnels, can expand the growing and marketing win…

Missouri Vegetable Planting Calendar

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Planning and planting guides
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Organic Vegetable Gardening Techniques

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In agriculture, the word organic has come to mean “foodstuff grown or raised without synthetic fertilizers or pesticides or hormones.” According to the USDA National Organic Standard Board, organic agriculture:

  • Is an ecological production management system that promotes and enhances biodiversity, biological cycles, and soil biological activity;
  • Is based on minimal use of off-farm inputs and on management practices that restore, maintain or enhance e

Vegetable Gardening

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Vegetable gardening is a rewarding activity that can provide fresh, flavorful produce. It offers many of the same benefits as other gardening activities, including exercise, fresh air, landscape beautification and enjoyment. In addition, it promotes a varied and nutritious diet at a lower cost by reducing food expenditures more than the costs associated with growing the vegetables. Moreover, many gardeners find that their homegrown produce tastes better…

Vegetable Harvest and Storage

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Timely harvest and proper storage help maintain the quality and freshness of garden vegetables. This publication describes how and when to harvest vegetables; special harvest preparations and storage requirements; and appropriate length and kinds of storage.

“Ideal” storage conditions for many vegetables are not attainable around the average home or farm. So, recognizing the limitations of the best storage available is important.