Back Yard Garden Blight that will not go away!

Asked May 4, 2020, 3:01 PM EDT

During a particularly rainy summer my tomatoes got infected with a blight that slowly killed them all. Since then it seems no matter what I plant (flowers or vegetables) it gets affected by the creeping wilt. I never had this problem before now I can't get rid of it. Is there any way to treat the soil? I read that beans are not affected by it and was thinking of growing beans this year. I have gardened for decades adn if nothing will grow i will have to pave it over or something!

Hennepin County Minnesota

1 Response

The blight stays in the soil and will affect any vegetable in the same family as the tomatoes. It is important to rotate you vegetables on a 3-4 year basis so you shouldn't plant anything that is related to tomatoes in that spot for 4 years. Beans would be ok. It is important to have good air movement and not overcrowd things as well as watering early in the day and not wetting the foliage. Here is some info that should be helpful. https://extension.umn.edu/solve-problem/plant-diseases . https://extension.umn.edu/find-plants/vegetables . Be sure to open the links to the info.