Are You Over Watering Your Tomato Plants?

Tomatoes, those kings of the summer vegetable garden, thrive during the hot, dry periods when supplemental irrigation is a must. Yet too much water results in poorly producing plants, disease or early death. Balancing the water needs of the plants requires keeping a sharp eye out for the first signs of tomato distress from too much irrigation. Leaf Problems Several leaf conditions occur from overwatering. Leaf roll results in older leaves on the tomato plant rolling upward while becoming brittle. High soil moisture in conjunction with direct sunlight causes this…

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Serenade® In the Tomato Patch

What is Serenade® Garden Disease Control? Serenade Garden, among other modes of action, elicits plant responses that trigger your flowers, vegetables and lawns to fight against a broad spectrum of the most common fungal and bacterial garden diseases. You can harvest and eat fruits and vegetables the same day they are treated and labeled uses of bacillus subtilis (QST 713) do not pose a risk to bees or beneficial insects. What is the active ingredient in Serenade Garden? Serenade Garden is made from a unique, patented strain (QST 713) of Bacillus subtilis.…

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Useful Sites & Sources

Sources for Heirloom Seeds Heirloom tomatoes can’t be beat for their intense flavor. They are wonderful to look at, too, and have great names like Green Zebra, Cherokee Purple, Red Pear, Mortgage Lifter and White Wonder. Finally they have wonderful stories to tell. For example, a West Virginian home gardener named Charlie fell on hard times during the depression. He owned a radiator repair shop, but people were so broke that they weren’t repairing their cars. Charlie took his four largest-fruited tomato plants and crossed them repeatedly to create a…

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General Care

Watering Water often and deeply, soaking the soil six to eight inches deep at least twice a week. Tomatoes do not respond well to letting the soil dry out between waterings. Keeping moisture levels in the soil even will help prevent the dreaded blossom-end rot, that small black spot on the bottom of the tomato which eventually can spread throughout the fruit. Mulching A layer of mulch (straw, plastic, grass ) will help conserve soil moisture during the hot, dry days of July and August. In addition to moisture, tomatoes…

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The Tomato

Tomatoes are the most popular home garden vegetable. They are easy to grow and thrive under a variety of growing conditions. Sales of tomato transplants have skyrocketed in recent years with tomato plants being an important part of the spring bedding-plant industry. Tomatoes are a native South American crop but were taken to Europe by early explorers. Although some Europeans accepted the tomato immediately, others thought it to be poisonous. Even after the plant was brought to America, most Americans were afraid of tomatoes until the 1830s. Nutritive Value Tomatoes are an excellent source of vitamin C. One…

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Tomato Fusarium Crown Rot

Fusarium crown rot strikes at the root and wreaks havoc on the entire root system. It is extremely widespread in places with sandy, acidic soil. Southern Florida, for example, is much more likely to experience it than Colorado. Causes and Symptoms Caused by the fungus fusarium pseduograminearum, tomato fusarium crown rot is so prevalent because the fungus is easily picked up by weak or young plants. It can also be carried over to new soil from infected plants, thereby leaving both soil and plants extremely susceptible to plague. There is…

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