Tomato Dirt Newsletter
Volume 10, Number 11
Dear Tomato Dirt reader,
Welcome back to Tomato Dirt! A couple times a month, we’ll send you this newsletter packed with tips about growing tomatoes and using them.
Spray Your Way to a Healthier Garden
Pump sprayers, backpack sprayers, nozzle sprayers with triggers … they come in all sizes. A garden sprayer is a must-have garden tool for feeding and treating your tomatoes, veggies, and flowers. Browse different types to choose a garden sprayer that works for you. Take a look!
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Join us on Pinterest! Browse our 100+ boards (and growing) for all kinds of tomato inspiration and practical information: growing tomatoes, tomato seeds, cold frames for tomatoes, tomato books, tomato greenhouses, , indoor tomatoes – even crafts to do with a tomato theme. Happy pinning!
FEATURE: How (and When) to Apply Fungicide to Tomato Plants: FAQs
To keep your tomatoes healthy, thriving, and fungus-free, you can apply fungicide before any symptoms appear. Set up an anti-fungal treatment program and implement it early in the season and then continue treatment throughout the season.
Image: Edward Sikora, Auburn University Extension
Applying Fungicide to Tomatoes: FAQs
Q. How do I know if I should use fungicide on my tomato plants?
A. If you know your garden (or your neighbor’s garden) has a history of early blight, late blight, or Septoria leaf spot, then your plants are vulnerable. Use a spray program.
Q. When should I start applying fungicide?
A. Begin before symptoms appear, especially if your plants have had tomato fungus in the past or if you live in warm, humid areas where early blight, late blight, and Septoria leaf spot thrive. You can begin as soon as you set plants in the garden.
Q. What parts of the plant should I spray?
A. Spray upper and lower leaf surfaces, stems, and flowers.
Q. How much should I spray?
A. Thorough coverage is essential. Spray to the point of runoff.
Find out more tips and how-tos for choosing and applying fungicide to tomato plants… and be sure to check out our Tomato Diseases board on Pinterest for more helpful information.
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Tomato cages, bamboo poles, tomato towers, reusable staking ties, cage extensions, tomato clips, trellises, spiral supports … there’s all kinds of ways to give your tomato plants the support they need.
One of my favorite sites to browse for gardening gear is Gardener’s Supply .
They’ve got an awesome selection of tomato cages and supports (and staking gear for other plants you grow, too, like roses, beans, peas, and container tomatoes.)
And great news if you find something and buy it at GS: their products are 100% guaranteed. Have fun browsing . and getting ideas for your garden.
Tomato Growing Tip: How Often Should You Apply Tomato Fungicide?
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Get more tips for growing tomatoes on our Tomato Growing Tips Pinterest board.
Use These for Treating Tomato Fungus
More about Tomato Fungus
That’s it for now. More next time.
Until then, happy gardening!