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

Tomato Dirt Newsletter
Volume 10, Number 22

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.

Dig It … Rake It … Clean It Up!

The right tool can make all the difference in the garden. Make sure you have what you need for the end of season and garden clean up. Take a look at the most popular gadgets used by gardeners like you!

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FEATURE: Clear Out Tomato Plants Quickly and Easily

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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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Tomato Growing Tip: Prevent Diseases When You Pick Up Fallen Tomatoes

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

Get Help With Garden Clean Up

Fiskars bypass shears and other hand prunersSloggers and other garden bootsYimbly and other tumbling composters

More on Garden Clean Up

Composting Basics to Get You Started8 Steps to Fall Tomato Garden Clean UpHow to Grow Fall Tomatoes to Get Fresh Veggies Til FrostWhen 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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