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Early Blight Tomatoes and Compost

Early Blight Tomatoes and Compost
Early blight tomatoes and compost. What a combination! This year I was much more successful combating early blight on my tomatoes. I used a lot of compost in the holes at planting time and as mulch around the tomatoes.  Here is a picture of one of my tomato plants.  You can see that it has been attacked by early blight near the bottom but then the top of the plant grew strong without any disease.  This happened to several of my plants.  One plant was almost dead from early blight and then it had a rebirth with lots of new growth and green leaves and now there are tomatoes on it.  This plant in the picture is from a disease resistant heirloom called Mortgage Lifter. You can link on the picture below to order the seeds.

Even the Brandywine Tomatoes Grew

I had quite a few volunteer Sudduth Brandywine tomato volunteers.  Usually I pull out volunteer plants for 2 reasons:

  • they might have disease from the soil
  • they might be a hybrid and not produce a good product

I recognized the very distinctive leaves of the heirloom Brandywine.  Since I hadn’t planted any I nursed these volunteers and have harvested lots of Brandywine tomatoes with still more coming.  One plant did succumb to early blight, though I still got several tomatoes from it.  My other 2 volunteer plants are beautiful–healthy and strong with some early blight at the bottom of the plants.

Early Blight Tomatoes and Compost-Great Success

So based on my experiences this year, I would say that the compost had a very good effect on my soil.  I bought some of the compost from Veterans Compost in Maryland and some I made myself in my Compostumbler and in my wire bin composter.  Read more about Tomato Blight and Compost for a possible scientific explantion.

Free Starbucks Coffee Grounds

Check out your local Starbucks for free starbucks coffee grounds.  There is one store that is located near where I live.  If I call in the morning they will save coffee grounds for my to pick up.  And then I use them in my garden or in my compost!  Even though coffee is acidic,  the acid goes into the coffee leaving the coffee grounds almost neutral.

I Used Free StarBucks Coffee Grounds in My Last Batch of CompostFree Starbucks Coffee Grounds for Compost

One difference with my last batch of compost is that we discovered free Starbucks Coffee grounds.  Some stores package them and leave them out in silver bags in a wicker basket, free for the taking.  Even though the grounds are brown colored they are considered greens and not browns because they are high in nitrogen.  They have to be mixed with browns or carbon to compost properly.  The shredded leaves worked great for this process.

Getting StarBucks Coffee Grounds on the NJ Turnpike

We had a very good experience with a Starbucks store on the NJ Turnpike.  We asked for used  grounds because their basket holding the silver bags was empty.  There was a long line waiting for coffee so they said no they are too busy.  Then this young guy reconsidered and said, “Sure, I’ll get some for you!”  He emptied the whole trash can into a plastic bag which was very heavy.  And then he decided he needed a break so he carried it to our car.  What great service and what a lot of coffee grounds!  You don’t get nearly that much in a silver bag.  I think all the used Starbucks coffee grounds greatly enhanced and sped up our composting process.  Thanks to Starbucks–a company contributing to our environment by recycling all those coffee grounds and keeping them out of the landfills.