Early Blight Has Attacked My Tomatoes
Alas, my tomatoes have been infected with early blight caused by the fungus Alternaria solani (or tomatophila). I had it last year but had it controlled. It is quickly moving up my Sungold tomatoes. I am spending a lot of time in the garden cutting off infected leaves and stems. In this picture taken a week ago, you can’t really see it but it has gotten worse.
So Far The Brandywines Are Not So Affected
The Sungolds, which are a hybrid have the blight quite badly. It is amazing how many leaves you can cut off and still have nice tomato plants. The picture to the left is only one batch of dead leaves that I have removed. It has only just started to affect the Brandywine tomatoes which are heirloom tomatoes. I have been using lots of compost as mulch, seaweed and milk foliar spray, Ocean Solution foliar spray and worm tea. Though I have just discovered that my worm tea might be too old and the microorganisms might have died. I let it sit too long.
Today I Carefully Brewed Some Worm Tea
So today I made up some new worm tea from my worm compost. I filled a bucket with water and let it sit overnight so the chlorine would dissipate. Then I added some sugar for food for the micro-organisms and stirred it throughout the day to incorporate more oxygen. I am really winging it because you need a bubbler for the oxygen which I don’t have. I will spray and water my plants with this and hope it helps. I am one very frustrated organic gardener right now! Any suggestions or magic organic cures would be much appreciated!