Friday, June 27, 2014
Has attempting to grow healthy tomato plants become a lesson in futility?
Yellow curling leaves appearing in the middle of the plant. Some have brown spots. Some of the plants are also crawling with white aphids which happened over night as I've been checking the plants.
After removing the yellow leaves I sprayed with neem oil. Any leaves with suspected disease are bagged and trashed rather than being put in the compost. Is it early blight? Maybe. There are many reasons leaves turn yellow including over and under watering as well as lack of nitrogen. I don't think it is the later as I used potting soil which contained plant food.
All I can do is watch my watering, keep removing any dodgy looking leaves, treating what remains and cross my fingers. I don't know how tomatoes fair in your part of the planet, but this is the story year after year here in New England. It is starting to feel like an act of insanity to grow home grown tomatoes and expect them to thrive.
To close, here are some more uplifting photos from my garden right now. We gardeners have to enjoy the good moments when we find them.
My first Back-Eyed Susan flower getting ready to open. Hey, lady bug - you're needed on the tomatoes!
The potted geraniums are starting to bloom. Isn't this white one pretty?
We ate the first broccoli crown this week with more to come!
Yes, I feel better now.
How are your tomato plants doing?