My tomatoes are hardened off and ready to be planted in their final position in the garden.
There are few other vegetables as satisfying to grow as Tomatoes. Now all I need to do is make sure they don’t get blight, like last year – easier said than done!
Here’s my plan of attack (apart from the usual of removing the lower leaves on the plant)
- Plant my seedlings nowhere near where
I planted them last year (blight can linger in the soil).
- Plant disease-resistant varieties.
- I’ll be taking special care not to water on to the leaves.
- I’ll try to control weeds in and around the plants. Weeds serve as hosts for insects and disease.
- Control insect pests (especially aphids) which may transmit disease from plant to plant.
- As soon as I see any sign of blight, that will be the death knell for that plant (harsh but necessary).
- I’m planting them in the sunniest spot in the garden.
- I might try to rig up some kind of removable rain cover (I might).
- I’ll be asking the rain gods for some nice weather this summer – well you can but ask.
If anyone has any more tips for keeping outdoor Tomatoes blight-free, let’s hear it. I need all the help I can get.