The English have a good solution to soil diseases. The sell large bags of soil w/ slash marks shown. Take the bag home, cut along the marks, plant the plants, water and have a pint.
Good Info (along with search): http://www.motherearthnews.com (Chickens, Gardens, Pests, Homesteading, Veggies, Fruits, Mother In Laws)
dxechick13.. First of all, Welcome to Roadfood! Hope ya join in more then not here…
And ya, them Toms dont like wet roots.. Rule #1 there.. I’ve done them several years in pots and know what your talking about. Best to grow Hybrids if your doing a potted tomato. Also, best solution for potted toms is using a self watering system (which is nothing more then a resovoir with a wick to slowely water the plants naturally). A bit pricey, but if thats all the garden space you have available, not a bad investment. Also, for next year, toss the soil your using now.. Santitize your pots with a light bleach water solution and rinse super good. The fungus will be more then happy to make a return if you dont. And as ya guessed, use fresh soil on the next round.
i am havng a similar problem!
my tomatoes are molding while still on the vine! i am only watering the soil and not the acctual tomatoes. i don’t get any rain on my balconey so i water them a little every day. should i do it every other day? not all of them are moldy and it’s only the bottoms of the ones. i am a beginer so i am sure i am doing something wrong. i used a potting soil that was supposed to be good for tomatoes. i don’t know what else to do1
I have used "Serenade" this year and things are much better with my plants, I probably should have used it more often, but my plants still look better than past years
An aside, a deer and her 2 babes were in my garden yesterday morning,eating my tomatoes so I let out my Jack Russell wannabe to chase them out. The babies ran away, but the mother started to CHASE THE DOG!! it was so funny, the dog did not know what to do so she booked it back to the house, some critter chaser she is![;)]
My Beefsteak tomatoes were molding on the bottom so when they started to turn red I picked them and put them in the kitchen windowsill to finish ripening. It worked well and it looks like there will be many to put in freezer bags for crock pot chili this Fall / Winter [:)]
I don’t know what it was with the mold, and they weren’t tomatoes that were resting on the ground.
To much water, as some have already said.
One thing you might try is to bury about a quarter to half a pound of freshly caught fish next to each infested plant. We use carp, catfish, or wipers. The garden might smell for a few days and it drives the cats and other critters crazy. However my granny taught me this trick, and it always seems to cure whatever ails the house garden.
We use a fish meal feed on the truck garden and works almost as well, and is a lot easier to apply then how we do it in the house garden.
Good luck, and long may prosper your tomatoes
Thanks people! Tedbear, I’ll be looking for the Daconil. Will try to save the plants.
If you’re not supposed to wet the vines, how do they ever survive being rained on???
Maybe that’s our problem for so many years. We’ve brought in really good soil many times (Colorado has so much red clay) but our tomatoes haven’t been good for years. We have an above ground irrigation system. We also watered extremely heavily when newly planted. We just don’t get much fruit. It’s really frustrating.
Right now I am drawing a blank on the name, but there is a chemical fungicide that I have used with some success. After I have a chance to look through my garage, I will post back with the name of that chemical.
EDIT: DACONIL !
The Gardens Alive catalog is, IMO, the best in the business. I have used it as a textbook. They are an outstanding company, and new customers often get coupons that can make your first order free. (I don’t know if they still do those coupons, but that is how they sucked me in)
That said, I don’t think that they offer a product that will help Mike TODAY. His plants are in trouble, and it is too late for prevention. IMO, he needs a chemical, rather than natural solution. JMO
I suggest that you take a look at the organic products available from http://www.gardensalive.com
I have been using their products for a few years, and I am very satisfied with them. For prevention of fungus problems (which can result from over-watering), I use their Soap Shield product. They also have other products to prevent fungus problems, as I recall.
Typically, I use their Pyola product for insect control. This consists of pyrethrins (extracted from marigolds, if I recall correctly), combined with Canola Oil. You can even mix the Pyola product and the Soap Shield product together, and deliver a one-two punch through your pressure sprayer!
Various fungicides work, but only to prevent, not cure. If you spray now , you may be able to salvage the green parts of your plants. Maneb (often sold as the trademarked "Manzate") was popular when I was a commercial grower, but there are better things out now. I don’t know if any are legal to use on tomatoes anyway, but I would stay away from the systemic products, as they do not wash off the fruit. I am not an organic grower, but I have to wonder about a fungicide that becomes part of the plant… I worry that it will become part of me after I eat the fruit………..but then again, I wonder if it would cure athletes foot [:I]
Ok, so no more water for them…well maybe 1 a week. I never did water the leaves or fruit only the bottom of the stem where it meets the ground.
Any chemical treatment?
Thanks for the info every1!
I beleive the T is for resistance to Tobbaco Mosaic virus… (Which is another thing, if you smoke, make sure your hands with soap and water before touching the plants).
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