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Diseases in your vegetable or plant garden are often caused by harmful fungi or viruses that suck up nutrients and affect surrounding crops. Some of the most common causes of crop disease include a lack of airflow, improper drainage of the soil and weather that increases atmospheric moisture.

Since prevention is always better than cure, it’s highly recommended that you choose to plant high-quality seeds that are resistant to attack from fungi and viruses. But that’s not all; you’ll need to keep your garden beds clean, use enough organic matter, water your plants well, and rotate your crops. Here are some of the common diseases you’ll find in your vegetable garden.

Anthracnose appears on the infected plant as dark-colored lesions and attacks the stem, as well as the fruit. Beans, cucumbers, and tomatoes are most commonly infected by this disease. You can treat it using a neem oil spray or liquid copper solution on your crop once you begin to observe the pink sores.

If you’re growing cabbage, spinach, herbs or lettuce in your garden, it’s likely that they’ll get infected by club root, a disease that affects brassica types. You’ll observe that the leaves of these leafy greens wilt during the daytime when it gets too warm, while outer and older leaves become yellow-colored and fall off. Also, the roots will appear infected as well and become swollen.

There’s no cure for the disease considering that this microorganism lives in the soil, so there’s no point in using fungicides. Instead, you can take strict measures as to selecting premium varieties of seeds and make a habit of rotating your crops every year.

Another dangerous disease that can negatively impact your yield for fruit-types and tubers is the early blight. You can tell that your crop is suffering from the disease by noticing the dark-colored spots that appear on leaves and eventually transform into rings.

Moreover, you’ll find symptoms on your produce as well; fruits and tubers sunken patches on them. To keep your crops resistant, opt for a fungicide that’s copper-based and use it before the disease begins to surface. Since you can’t exactly tell when early blight will strike, you can instead begin applying it whenever the weather forecast predicts lengthy rain spells.

The mosaic virus is one that you’ve probably heard about in science class but unlike just regular garden plants, these have the potential of harming your peppers, beans, and tomatoes. You’ll be able to spot it in your crop by the sight of oddly green or yellow colored veins.

Your plants won’t be growing as rapidly and the leaves will begin to shrivel up. You can keep it from affecting your healthy crops by removing the ones that are infected. Don’t forget; there are certain pests, such as hoppers and aphids that act as carriers of the disease, so make sure to keep them away well.

There are a good many other crop diseases that can occur, which is why you should keep an eye on the appearance of your crops. This helps you to detect the spread of any disease and allows you to stop it using treatments or preventative measures. Happy farming!

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Head Wraps: An Easy Hair Protection Technique

Farming leaves many of us with just a small chunk of time in the morning to get ready. While it’d be lovely to get dolled up every day, the fact is that a flawless appearance is likely to melt off by afternoon anyway. For those of us who like to feel put-together even if we’re not going anywhere fancy, wrapping your hair is a great solution.

Many curly girls like to adorn their head with colorful wraps to protect their hair from the elements. However, head wraps are used in practically all cultural traditions. Different types of coverings can be useful for all hair types, from straight to wavy to Afro hair. They’re ideal for a lot of different times, such as:

  • When you’re having a bad hair day.
  • When you’re going to be sweating buckets by 10AM and need your hair to be anywhere-but-in-your-face.
  • When you want to protect your air from intense sunlight, dry air or humidity.

Of course, a farm girl may find herself in any of these situations depending on the day. If you’re not able to just throw your hair into a ponytail and call it a day, head wraps may be the saving grace you were looking for.

Here are some tips to make this hair protection technique work for you, no matter your hair texture.

Choose a scarf or wrap that you adore

While it’s easy to get caught up in cool wrapping techniques, the fact is that the color and texture of your fabric is what matters most. It’s what catches the eye first, after all. Of course, farmers have to work in all sorts of conditions, so you shouldn’t bother wearing a rare or expensive scarf on your head out in the fields.

With that said, knowing that you have a beautiful textile on your head can do wonders for your mood and confidence.

Use a simple wrapping pattern

Those elaborate wraps you see on Instagram are lovely and all, but for farm girl purposes, the point of this hairstyle is to be low-maintenance. Save the complicated wraps for a date night, and focus on nailing a simple look that you can do when you’re half-awake.

Need a place to start? This technique can be used with any square or rectangular scarf and is super quick.

Practice it at night

It seems like it’s always when we’re short on time that we decide to attempt something daunting that we’ve never done before, like a long winged cat-eye or a foot-high head wrap. Don’t get caught in this trap!

Practice wrapping your hair before you need to get ready in the morning. Soon, it’ll take you just a few seconds.

Tame your hair underneath

Half of the battle of tying head wraps is getting your hair into the right shape underneath. There are a few ways of doing this depending on your hair length, texture, and how much hair you want to leave out.

One common method is to twist your hair until it lays as flat against your head as possible. You’ll need a few bobby pins to make this work.

Another method is to wear a high top bun. You can cover it with the wrap or leave it exposed.

Remember that there’s no single method of tying a head wrap, so play around with it until you find a look that works for you. It’ll make your days on the farm much brighter while saving you time and protecting your hair.

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