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Post  mageice3 on 3/5/2012, 1:01 pm

So a friend has offered me his garden for the year to put SFG boxes on, he's not growing cause he had bad blight and pest issues last year that devastated his crops. My question is since I wouldn't be using any soil would there be any rise of the blight transferring into a SFG box or would it be safer to do a short TT box to keep it safe? as for the critters he had: slugs, carrot flys, voles, cutworm, aphids, tomato worms, and something that ate his corn.

Any tips would be wonderful (we only had a short hard freeze this year so I'm sure some of the insects larvae survived just fine.)

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Post  camprn on 3/5/2012, 2:50 pm

Blight does not survive the winter conditions of your area, UNLESS it winters over on underground potato tissue. Did your friend have potatoes with blight last year or was it just tomatoes? Blight is quite contagious and is transmitted via the air. Be on the lookout for blight in your regional news in the coming growing season and if you can take measures to protect your plants.
Read more about Early Blight and Late Blight.

All those critters you will also have in the SFG. be prepared. Very Happy

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Post  Patty from Yorktown on 3/5/2012, 3:06 pm

If your garden is only there for a year, I would recommend putting a bottom on the boxes, so they can be moved. Companion planting might help with some of the bugs, as would hand picking/squishing. Since you know the problems your friend had, you might be able to plant crops that would not be affected or might be resistant. Enjoy your new found space.

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Post  mageice3 on 3/5/2012, 3:17 pm

camprn wrote:Blight does not survive the winter conditions of your area, UNLESS it winters over on underground potato tissue. Did your friend have potatoes with blight last year or was it just tomatoes? Blight is quite contagious and is transmitted via the air. Be on the lookout for blight in your regional news in the coming growing season and if you can take measures to protect your plants.
Read more about Early Blight and Late Blight.

All those critters you will also have in the SFG. be prepared. Very Happy

I'll check on the potatoes and see if he had blight in them, as for the critters, some prevention or moving the gardens out of their reach should help. Thanks for the great links will be reading up on them.

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