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[Tomato Dirt #214] Clear Out Tomato Plants Quickly and Easily
October 29, 2020
Tomato Dirt Newsletter
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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, too.
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.
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