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Anthracnose infection on a tomato. The sunken circular
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Anthracnose infection on a tomato. The sunken circular depression will darken and grow larger as the disease progresses.(Credit: Clemson University - USDA Cooperative Extension Slide Series, Bugwood.org )

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Vegetable gardening: common problems



Home gardeners growing vegetables are by now knee-deep in their routines: weeding, watering, fertilizing and, hopefully, monitoring closely for insects, diseases and critter activity. Here's a little help for identifying some common harmful pests before they have a chance to destroy your crops.

Want to see how to deal with these problems, plus prevent them in the future? READ: Vegetable garden troubleshooting.