I’m looking for a publication or listing of which particular variety of vegetable is least susceptible to insects/insect diseases.
The Gardener’s Answer
Hello, Charles in Mississippi: It is always a good idea to plant disease-resistant varieties whether you are dealing with landscape or edible plant material. There are going to be certain vegetable varieties that are better for your climate and growing conditions than others, so it would be best to contact the Hancock County Cooperative Extension Service. They work together in collaboration with the land grant schools in your state to do research and provide reliable information to the home gardener. The following link provides information on vegetable gardening in Mississippi and choosing disease resistant varieties: http://msucares.com/lawn/garden/vegetables/list/index.html
. They should also have a publication on disease-resistant crop options for your area that they can send to you. You can contact the agriculture or horticulture agent at (228) 476-5456 or visit their Web site at http://msucares.com/cgi-bin/countypage.cgi?county_number=23. Keep in mind that all plants are more susceptible to insect and disease issues when we cannot provide them with the growing conditions they need to thrive. A vegetable garden should be located in a space that receives a minimum of six hours of direct sunlight. Nutrient-rich, well-drained soil and good air circulation is also important.