- Start with clean disease free transplants (no spots and good color). Grow your own seedlings is a better way to ensure disease free plants.
- After planting mulch under the plants to keep soil from bouncing up on the plant. Mulch can be organic, landscape fabric, or paper type products.
- Early sprays of Chlorothalonil (a protectant fungicide) applied weekly will keep your plants much cleaner. Brand names include Fungonil and Chlorothalonil.
- Watering should always be done at the root zone and not over the top. Sprinklers in the garden are a sure way to promote disease.
These steps are sure to help you keep disease free plants all the way to frost.