Beware of fungal diseases on turnip and other greens

Published 12:00 am Friday, October 19, 2012

By Darrell Blackwelder
For the Salisbury Post
SALISBURY – As the leaf color changes, many will have outdoor maintenance chores, including both landscape and vegetable questions. Many people have called with various questions about lawns and gardens. Here are a few questions from the public:
Q: I have turnips and the leaves are covered with spots. What are these spots and how can I control them?
Q: My vegetable garden is spent and we’re not planting a fall garden. You have mentioned winter cover crops for home gardeners. How and what crops do I plant?

Q: I have a spot in my lawn that turned dark after the power company put up a new outdoor light. It is the exact shadow caused by the power pole. Did the light influence the growth of my lawn?

Q: We found this bug in a stack of cedar shakes on a house we are painting. Do you know what it is?
 Q: My cabbage and broccoli are not growing that well. Aren’t they supposed grow well in the fall?

Darrell Blackwelder is county extension director, Rowan County Center. 704-216-8970.