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[Tomato Dirt #114] What to Do When It’s Time to Say Goodbye to Your Tomato Plants
October 15, 2016

Tomato Dirt Newsletter
Volume 6, Number 20

Dear Tomato Dirt reader,

Welcome back to Tomato Dirt! A couple of times a month, we’ll send you this newsletter packed with tips about growing tomatoes and using them.

Tomato (and Veggie) Fun at Halloweeen

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Tomato lovers and gardeners can steal the show on Halloween by dressing as a tomato or other fruits or vegetables. It’s easy and fun to make a tomato costume! Dressing up as a tomato is unusual and creative. Invite siblings or friends to dress up as tomatoes, too, so you can make a “bushel.” To make a tomato costume you will need just a few items: an extra-large red sweatshirt, green or red sweatpants, green felt, material for stuffing, string, and a hot glue gun.

Gather your materials and then read the easy-to-follow instructions here. Or you can simply purchase a tomato costume for adults or children.

Get more tomato costume ideas on our Tomato Costumes Pinterest Board.

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FEATURE: What to Do When It’s Time to Say Goodbye to This Season’s Tomato Plants

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If it’s fall, then it’s time to clean up the tomato patch. It takes only a few minutes, but just that little bit of time means a healthier garden next year … not to mention a winter garden that looks better!

It’s OK to grieve a bit. But then make sure you take these steps.

  • Pick up fallen fruit. Dropped, “mummified,” or rotten tomatoes on the ground can breed tomato diseases. Prevent that by collecting them and destroying them.
  • Remove tomato plants. Don’t leave them in the garden! Pull up spent tomato plants, including roots, that are finished producing or have been killed by frost.
  • Compost the disease-free plants. They’ll help you have an even better garden next year! (More on composting here.)
  • Destroy the diseased tomato plants. Did they have wilt or blight? Those organisms will stay in the plant, the compost, the soil. It’s time to say goodbye to those tomato diseases. Burn or discard diseased plants.

Learn more about clearing out tomato plants

… and get more helpful tips on our Fall Garden Clean Up Pinterest Board.

Best Tips for Growing Tomatoes

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Tomato Growing Tip: Pick Up Fallen Tomatoes

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Get more tips for growing tomatoes on our Tomato Growing Tips Pinterest board.

To Help With Tomato Garden Clean Up

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Fiskars bypass shears and other hand pruners Sloggers and other garden boots Yimbly and other tumbling composters

More on Fall Gardening and Gardening Clean Up

Composting Basics to Get You Started 8 Steps to Fall Tomato Garden Clean Up How to Grow Fall Tomatoes to Get Fresh Veggies Til Frost When to Compost? A Guide for 4 Seasons

That’s it for now. More next time.

Until then, happy gardening!

Kathy with Tomato Dirt
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