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Master Gardener: More questions about gardening – The News-Messenger


Sue La Fountaine

As promised, here are some more answers to gardening questions.

How do I know if my tomatoes have blight and what can I do about it?

We all fear blight on our tomatoes — there are different kinds of blight. There is the early blight in the beginning of the season and the late blight which has more to do with where it strikes the plant and at what stage of growth. Neither one of them however comes with warning. Blight strikes fast and can wipe out an entire crop of tomatoes in a short period of time, even within days. Then there’s the general term of “blight” which can mean any distressing plant disease, including downy mildew.

The two most important things to consider are space and watering. Space: When planting, allow enough space between each plant to grow so it can reach its mature size. Leave at least three to four feet between each plant. Watering: Always water the soil and not the plant. Wet leaves invite disease and mold. The best time to water is the morning.

Space and watering are the most important factors for growing tomatoes.

Vegetables need constant diligence, so at the first sign of black or brown spotting, cut off the leaf or leaves and discard separately. Do not compost these spotted leaves. Also make sure you sanitize your garden tools with denatured alcohol. You can
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