Memorial Day weekend is a popular time for gardeners, with many people putting out their tomatoes, potatoes, peppers and other vulnerable plants. And the sunny weather makes it even more enticing to do so.
But there’s a warning for gardeners to be on the lookout for a disease that spreads and kills quickly. In fact, last year many people lost all of their tomatoes and some potatoes due to an outbreak of late blight.
To find out what steps gardeners can take to prevent the disease, we got in touch with Vern Grubinger, a vegetable and berry specialist with the University of Vermont Extension.
Grubinger tells VPR’s Mitch Wertlieb the disease is still a threat this growing season.
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