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#1 HydroHarold OFFLINE  

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Posted July 09, 2013 - 09:58 PM

My 4 plants so far are growing great (large plastic containers), lots of blossoms and normal growing plants.  With all the rain in this area I'm trying to remember where/what I read about controlling "blight" on tomatoes by adjusting Ph.  I can't remember whether it was with a spray on the plant or soil adjustment. 

 

I can't get all day sun or even 6 full hours in a row because of the neighbor's trees.  I moved everything to the sunniest spot on the lot...  Anybody have any suggestions or ideas?  I lost half the season's crop last year and all 6 plants the year before (REALLY wet).


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Posted July 10, 2013 - 03:12 AM

Hydro , your not the only one , I lost a ton of tomatos last year as well and am starting to see the dreaded yellow leaves and spots again ...


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Posted July 10, 2013 - 04:20 AM

Happens quite often up here. Making sure that there is some air space around the plants helps as well. I think it is a fungus of some sort so you may be able to treat with a anti fungal to prevent it. 


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Posted July 10, 2013 - 06:07 AM

I was told to never spray water on the tomato plants, but to spray at the base.  I don't know how you stop rain, though!

 

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Posted July 10, 2013 - 06:14 AM

It is in the soil and starts where the soil splashes up from the ground. We mulch around the plants to prevent the soil from being splashed. This seems to only delay it. I've been told that you have to abandon the garden for three years to kill the blight. Our main garden hasn't been used for three years, as of this year. Next year we will try it again. Good Luck, Rick 



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Posted July 10, 2013 - 06:46 AM

We put Epsom salt on the dirt around the plants. 



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Posted July 10, 2013 - 07:08 AM

 

 

I can't get all day sun or even 6 full hours in a row because of the neighbor's trees.  I moved everything to the sunniest spot on the lot...  Anybody have any suggestions or ideas? 

A thin copper wire twisted around the tree trunk will eventually kill the tree. :D


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Posted July 10, 2013 - 07:42 AM

We put Epsom salt on the dirt around the plants. 

This is good to hear because we went to a guy this spring armed with a soil test and he told us to put Epsom salts on the garden along with some other stuff.  I put a 50 pound bag of Epsom salts (a little less that he told us to) on the garden along with 16 pounds of sulfer and some fertilizer.  So far so good as all 48 tomato plants look wonderful and we've had a lot of rain here lately.



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Posted July 10, 2013 - 07:46 AM

Each year I've had problems with blight sept last year. My grandma told me to keep an eye on ur tomato and the moment you see leaves turning yellow cut them off and toss them out of the garden. Last years tomatoes were the best I've ever had. This year with the amount of work on my plate I haven't even been able to check on them till last nite, there covered with blight, and scrawny. :-(
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Posted July 10, 2013 - 07:57 AM

My tomato plants got blight last weekend after the 5"+rain we got.  They look pretty rough, as if end of a normal season.


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Posted July 10, 2013 - 08:49 AM

I have learned to find out anything I don't know just do a google search, tons of info. on any subject.

 

 

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Posted July 10, 2013 - 12:43 PM

I'll through this in here. Tobacco Mosaic Virus can be spread to tomato plants by smoker's hands. Wash up!



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Posted July 10, 2013 - 01:38 PM

Google eh?  How do I search for this "google thing"?:D  And, I gave up the evil tobacco chaw and smoke in '85. Thanks everyone, seems that the tomato blight is a form of the same disease that caused the Irish Potato Famine back in the 1800's.  And true, it does come from and stay in the soil, but there has to be a foolproof method of control... c'mon Folks, this is the 21'st century afterall and I'm looking for better living through chemistry! :D

 

I'm going to try some of that anti-weed black landscape fabric as the "mulch" and also try some epsom salts.  I wish I could find that old Ph thread... maybe it was on Garden Web or some other non-tractor site.  Though I use my own home made compost 50/50 with topsoil, you never know today where your topsoil came from or who touched it!:D

 

(....hummm.... now where did I put those wire strippers....?):D


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Posted July 10, 2013 - 02:56 PM

 I have weed fabric under mine and its not helping.... I guess I'm going to have to treat the soil in the fall and spring.... Dang it I hate this wet weather!!



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Posted July 10, 2013 - 04:35 PM

Are you all using blight resistant varieties?






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