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Properly planning, preparing, and maintaining the vegetable garden reduces the chances for problems to develop in the garden. When vegetable problems do occur, it is important to accurately identify or diagnose them so proper control and management strategies can be implemented.
Identifying or diagnosing problems begins with asking the right questions to narrow down the list of possible problems. The following article provides some guidelines for asking these questions:
Careful management of the vegetable garden will help eliminate many problems in the garden. See what you can do to prevent or control insects and diseases in the home vegetable garden in the following articles:
Identify vegetable insect and disease problems, along with their solutions, by looking up resources that most closely match your region of the country.
Excerpt from: Jack Kerrigan and Margaret Nagel, Ohio State University
Deer, raccoons, woodchucks, rabbits and squirrels may browse in the vegetable garden. The first line of defense against wildlife is to keep them out of the garden area. Locate the garden plot away from areas that are the home of wildlife. Fencing will restrict many mammals, but it may need to be 6 inches into the soil to deter some pests, such as woodchucks.
Commercially available products designed to deter animal pests through scent, sound, or touch, are usually only partially effective. A fence around the garden area or the presence of a cat or dog nearby may be more effective choices for control. For food safety reasons, however, pets should be kept out of the garden itself.
Use the following tool to help identify which animal species is causing damage in the garden:
More information about specific wildlife species can be found at eXtension's: