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    Does anyone know if potato's are susceptible to blight? Thinking about trying to grow red potato's this year
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    I don't ever plant potatoes in ground that held tomatoes the year before, and vice versa. The blight will affect both plants.
    If you don't have any free ground available this year, consider planting them in containers (like bushel baskets) and they do quite well.


    I forgot to mention that the same rule applies to pepper plants.
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    Potatoes are susceptible, so take those precautions others have mentioned. If Late Blight shows up in your garden, cut and dispose of all tomato and potato foliage immediately, and harvest the potatoes soon after. The longer you delay, the greater chance of the infection getting into the tubers. On the bright side, potatoes are one crop that will thrive in a brand new garden plot. This may be your opportunity to grow a bigger garden.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Run Forest Run! View Post
    I don't ever plant potatoes in ground that held tomatoes the year before, and vice versa. The blight will affect both plants.
    If you don't have any free ground available this year, consider planting them in containers (like bushel baskets) and they do quite well.


    I forgot to mention that the same rule applies to pepper plants.
    Thanks Karen!! I have horrible luck in the soil with peppers......I may try the baskets this year. My buddy grows his potatoes in trash barrels which is kind of cool
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    Quote Originally Posted by Michael Greer View Post
    Potatoes are susceptible, so take those precautions others have mentioned. If Late Blight shows up in your garden, cut and dispose of all tomato and potato foliage immediately, and harvest the potatoes soon after. The longer you delay, the greater chance of the infection getting into the tubers. On the bright side, potatoes are one crop that will thrive in a brand new garden plot. This may be your opportunity to grow a bigger garden.
    I have an area in my garden that does not get full sun that I may try the potatoes in. My garlic, carrots, beet, lettuce and parsnips are all in raised beds which I've had good luck with.
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    I was out pruning tomatoes a few days ago when I remembered this thread and something worth adding.

    When pruning it's good to prune off the leaves that touch or are near the ground so soil born diseases don't splash up and infect the leaves.
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    Quote Originally Posted by red dorakeen View Post
    I was out pruning tomatoes a few days ago when I remembered this thread and something worth adding.

    When pruning it's good to prune off the leaves that touch or are near the ground so soil born diseases don't splash up and infect the leaves.
    Great advise!! Thank you!! We need SUN badly.......my tomato plants look like crap period. This year I planted thru plastic sheeting. I also "furrowed" my rows because of all the water we have had......this is just horrible horrible gardening weather
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