[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.
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
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.