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Daylily Rust

This scare is being more overblown than the West Nile virus. Rust is a fungus and the easiest of all diseases to control. Step one is to stop doing what brought the pest organism on in the first place - high-nitrogen soluble fertilizers and toxic chemical pesticides. The control is simple - stop the synthetics and start using organic products and techniques that build the life and health in the soil. Only sick or ill-adapted plants get fungal diseases. The quick fix is to apply cornmeal to the beds at 2 lbs per 100 sq ft and spray the plants with cornmeal juice. See www.dirtdoctor.com for the formula and the Basic Organic Program.

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