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Old 01-06-2010, 08:42 AM
 
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Information needed from the wise folks here.. After the tomato blight last year, how do I prep this years garden ? The only advice I've gotten so far involved a blowtorch [?].
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Old 01-06-2010, 11:20 AM
 
Location: Corinth, ME
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Information needed from the wise folks here.. After the tomato blight last year, how do I prep this years garden ? The only advice I've gotten so far involved a blowtorch [?].
What I had heard was to plant varieties with more resistance...
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Old 01-06-2010, 01:20 PM
 
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Skip the blow torch. There isn't any way to treat the soil for blight. Clean your cages or stakes very well. If you use wooden stakes they can sit in a 10% bleach water solution. If you have a container large enough to soak your cages, do so. Make sure there isn't a smidge of plant left on cages or stakes. The spores over winter in plant material. Any plant material turned into the soil last year shouldn't be a big thread for this year. It should decompose.

Make sure your plants have good air circulation this year. If you planted potatoes last year don't plant your tomatoes in that area this year.

I lost $10,000 worth of tomatoes to late blight last year. I'm not concerned about it this year. Late blights happens - hopefully on time this year and not before early blights.
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Old 01-06-2010, 01:36 PM
 
Location: Cashtown, PA
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Think that nursuries were the hardest hit by the Blight. Folks growing strictly from seed didn't seem to have as much of a problem. Didn't have problem with blight but did with it being way too wet. Folks were confusing the two. Plus we need to put more phosphorous in the soil. It being so rainy last year, rinsed alot of the good nutrients out of the soil.
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Old 01-06-2010, 02:03 PM
 
Location: Corinth, ME
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Think that nursuries were the hardest hit by the Blight. Folks growing strictly from seed didn't seem to have as much of a problem. Didn't have problem with blight but did with it being way too wet. Folks were confusing the two. Plus we need to put more phosphorous in the soil. It being so rainy last year, rinsed alot of the good nutrients out of the soil.

well I know MaineWriter grows all her own from seed, as do I. For me it was a combination of conditions...
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Old 01-06-2010, 02:17 PM
 
Location: Maine
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Think that nursuries were the hardest hit by the Blight. Folks growing strictly from seed didn't seem to have as much of a problem. Didn't have problem with blight but did with it being way too wet. Folks were confusing the two. Plus we need to put more phosphorous in the soil. It being so rainy last year, rinsed alot of the good nutrients out of the soil.
I'm $10,000 worth of sure that this not true. I buy nothing from other greenhouses. 100% of my transplants are started here. Nurseries and big boxes didn't know the plants were infected until it was too late.
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Old 01-06-2010, 03:04 PM
 
Location: Forests of Maine
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... I lost $10,000 worth of tomatoes to late blight last year. I'm not concerned about it this year.
You are my hero.

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Old 01-06-2010, 03:53 PM
 
Location: Bangor Maine
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I have found that putting down a layer of cedar mulch under the plants and keeping the bottom branches pruned so none touch the ground has reduced my disease problems. Apparently this helps keep the soil from splashing up on the leaves.

john
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Old 01-06-2010, 04:11 PM
 
Location: Maine's garden spot
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You are my hero.



Forest, you've met them They are filthy stinkin rich....
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Old 01-06-2010, 04:25 PM
 
Location: Maine
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I have found that putting down a layer of cedar mulch under the plants and keeping the bottom branches pruned so none touch the ground has reduced my disease problems. Apparently this helps keep the soil from splashing up on the leaves.

john
That's correct. Straw, IRT and other mulches work the same way. It won't stop airborne organisms from landing though.

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Forest, you've met them They are filthy stinkin rich....
Isn't everyone in WaCo?
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