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Posted: Aug/30/2008 11:12 AM PST
Apologies if this has been covered already.
Last year, I started planting heirlooms, as I was instructed to do so after lamenting about the lack of taste my tomatoes had.
I had German Striped, which I loved. I plant mostly a plum tomato as well, as I dehydrate them for the winter. So, I usually do about 15 plums, 6 slicing tomato, and a handful of cherry tomato plants.
Has anyone else had serious blight problems with heirlooms? This is my second year with this problem. I fortified my planters with bone meal last fall, as well as corn meal...having read that it was an antifungal. Once again, I got a horrible case of early blight. My yield is fantastic, and I kept the blight in check for a while with bacillus subtillis. I just can't stand the sight of my wretched looking plants!
Anybody else had this problem?
Posted: Aug/30/2008 2:34 PM PST
What i see in my garden and reading Dr. Carlyn males writing a tomato has no idea if its a hybrid or heirloom. Early and late blight it makes no difference. I start treating my tomato planes as soon as they are planted.
Posted: Aug/30/2008 7:11 PM PST
I assumed that blight, etc. was bred out in the hybrids.
In years past (before I tried heirlooms), I may have had a touch of blight, but never enough to cause me to research the problem.
Last year, the devastation caused me to learn about blight. I got a nice harvest, but the plants looked terrible.
This year I was prepared to treat organically, and started fairly early. I was somewhat successful, but a 3 day rain puts a hamper on gaining ground on the problem.
Once again, I have a nice yield, but I'm getting disheartened. What do you treat with?
Maybe next year, I'll treat as soon as I plant?
Posted: Aug/31/2008 4:11 PM PST
Last year i had blight real bad in both heirlooms and hybrids.This year I'm not totally organic i used ortho garden and disease control and had no problems at all with blight . I started spraying the day i planted the seedlings and every 7 days after that. The tomatoes that started in the compost pile has blight. OK please no chemical haters,,,,, lol
Posted: Aug/31/2008 4:43 PM PST
(Tom Hanks voice) There's no hating in gardening!
Wolf...I often am tempted to cheat with chemicals. It would be so much easier. I found Serenade, and I got a decent result. I think I'll take your advice, and start treating when I plant next year, as opposed to when I see proof of blight.
Funny....from using Alaska fish emulsion for over a decade, I recognize the vehicle in the Serenade to be just that...fish.
From foliar feeding (with Serenade) to eliminate blight, I've got 7 foot tall tomato plants!
I got a good yield this year, and haven't suffered sunscald. So, I guess I'll deal with the wretched looking plants, til I pull them in a few weeks.
Again...next year, I'll expect the blight, and treat when I plant.
Posted: Aug/31/2008 5:46 PM PST
I used baking soda last year and it did seem to help the plants . It may of helped more if i would of started spaying before the blight started.