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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.

Alternaria Solani: Early Blight on my Tomatoes

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 Alternaria Solani: Early Blight on my Tomatoeshybrid 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!

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