Soil fungus and bacteria
Now this one is interesting because it can include a number of diseases from Verticillium Wilt, Downy Mildew, Bacterial Wilt and Root Knot Nematodes. It is important to know that if you purchase an existing plant from your local nurseries it is possible that the plant already has the fungus and it has nothing to do with your gardening skills! However, if you plant from seed than it very well can be caused by temperature and soil moisture combined as well as infected by pests that make your beautiful seedling their home. If caught early you can take some measures to remedy the problem but usually pulling the plant is your best defense. As I mentioned earlier I had to pull a tomato and cucumber plant when signs of Bacterial Wilt showed in the cucumber plant and Verticillium Wilt in the tomato plant. These are casualties of gardening and reflect very little on skills of gardening. It is the luck of the draw! Amend your soil and replant in another location! I should mention that I did purchase both these plants and have since replanted the cucumbers and the plant is beautiful!
Don’t get discouraged it happens to every gardener! With each garden season I have learned something new and interesting about pests and of course about soil pathogens. Gardening in the Eco Garden System has allowed me to learn so many new things about gardening from how to fix a problem to how to grow something I have never grown before, which brings me to the pulled nasturtiums! This came down to overplanting in a certain area in the garden where the nasturtiums were not getting enough light from the quick growing tomato plants. So I had to pull them but later on I found out they do not grow well in a self- watering garden. They tend to like periods of dry soil to thrive. So, lesson learned and on to the next new plant to grow.
Mother Nature knows and we just need to learn to work together!