Growing Vegetables/winterizing`


I've noticed around that some people cover their veggy gardens with a black covering.Is this something that will help.Also will it help against blight on tomatoes i get every year.Or is their anything that will. I grow mainly beefsteaks.I have a composter and just emptied a batch in the garden.Someone said i can "burn" it out by covering it during warm months but hey, i live
in upstate ny.Thats kinda hard

any ideas to get my garden kickstarted and blight free in 2015.

thanks  will

Hi Will,
In my experience the two ways to prevent tomato blight is to rotate where you plant your tomatoes, (not planting them in the same area for 3 years), and protecting the leaves from getting wet.  I grow my tomatoes in a plastic greenhouse/cold frame.  

Blight can live in the soil for up to 3 years that is why rotation is key.  In my experience you cannot "burn out" blight from the soil.

If you do not have another space to plant your tomatoes I would suggest planting them in containers for a year or two so the blight in the soil will die off.  Please check out info on crop rotation at http://

I hope this helps.  Please let me know if you have any other questions.


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Catherine Abbott


I am confident I can answer any questions about planting, growing and harvesting vegetables and culinary herbs. I am very knowledgeable and experienced in garden site planning and design, propagating, soil preparation, transplanting, pest control, disease management, watering, fertilizing, and composting.


I have been growing vegetables organically since 1993 first in my small backyard, then moving to a 2 acre plot where I grew vegetables for sale at our local farmers market and through a CSA (community shared agriculture). I started a popular website in 2007 and have answered questions from all over the world through that site. I have 3 published Everything series books on gardening as well as several self published books for sale on my website.

I volunteer and assist teaching disabled adults how to grow their own vegetable gardens. I have set up raised bed gardens in the front yards of their group homes and the gardens help to feed the households. I am very involved in our local farming community and am the treasurer and a garden mentor for a local society called One Straw, which promotes organic and sustainable practices for growing local food. I am a board of director for a government committee that is involved in keeping our ALR (Agricultural Land Reserve) safe.

I have 3 published Everything series books: The Everything Grow Your Own Vegetables Book published in 2010. The Everything Root Cellaring Book published in 2011. The Everything Small Space Gardening Book set to be published Jan 2012. I have 3 self published garden design books: Vegetable Garden Plans for your Raised Beds. Vegetable Garden Plans for Square Foot Gardening. Vegetable Garden Plans for Row Gardening. I have a self published book on soil building: Why is Soil so Important? Tips on Amending and Fertilizing I also publish a yearly journal promoting garden planning and planting by the moon cycles. The current one is called "My 2012 Vegetable Garden Journal" I write articles that are published at EzineArticles.

I teach gardening classes on propagating, pest and disease management, and soil fertility at our local community center. My education came from my mother, mentors, and growing my own gardens.

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