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Old 07-08-2015, 05:00 PM
 
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Thank you for the tip on the baking soda! I'm in south Jersey, near Philly, and we had a lot of rain in June, so now I'm getting the yellow leaves with the brown spots on my tomatoes. I read some where to prune off the yellow leaves? Should I just leave them and do the baking soda trick? I don't want to lose these plants! This is the best crop I've ever grown and my first time doing them in containers. I'm getting nervous.
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Old 07-08-2015, 06:50 PM
 
Location: Near the Coast SWCT
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Thank you for the tip on the baking soda! I'm in south Jersey, near Philly, and we had a lot of rain in June, so now I'm getting the yellow leaves with the brown spots on my tomatoes. I read some where to prune off the yellow leaves? Should I just leave them and do the baking soda trick? I don't want to lose these plants! This is the best crop I've ever grown and my first time doing them in containers. I'm getting nervous.
Yup no sun again today and yet it feels like the tropics. Horrible outside and weather for garden past 5 weeks now.

Take yellow stems off. Throw out! Do not put in soil or even compost. It's carrying a disease so discard it. I throw it on my lawn and mow it in.

Spray baking soda on good leaves. After a day you will notice your hands yellow if you touch them.


I sprayed but cant get a break with the rains so its kind washing off. I almost want to give up and just pray winter starts tomorrow.

BTW... don't worry about making the plant look like a tree. Whats done is done and once it's infected, you have to lose those branches. Hope the rest can make it through couple more months!
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Old 07-08-2015, 07:07 PM
 
Location: Near the Coast SWCT
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Top view of my 2 beds.



Sweet Bell pepper ripening now. Might pick it Orange or leave it to turn Red. Longer it stays the hotter it gets but wont be hot hot.

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Old 07-08-2015, 07:22 PM
 
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Cam, you have a very well maintained veggie garden; not much weeds as far as I can see. Any tricks on controlling weeds? I am in North Jersey, a lot of rain here too. The tomatoes have been staying green for the past three weeks, not turning red. But on positive side, I did harvest a lot snow peas and cucumbers recently.
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Old 07-09-2015, 05:33 AM
 
Location: Near the Coast SWCT
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Cam, you have a very well maintained veggie garden; not much weeds as far as I can see. Any tricks on controlling weeds? I am in North Jersey, a lot of rain here too. .
Look closer, they are there. Area near the row of pots on the left is taking over. Can't win around us.

Just pull them before they flower and throw seeds down everywhere! Keep pulling month after month, year after year and eventually you will have less and less.

One year I got fed up and used chemicals . Crop was done in July. lol

Also... I put cardboard over some of my pathways and there is absolutely 0 weeds in those areas..

My advice and I think I will do the same this year...Lay cardboard down after the garden is done in the fall. Put compost and leaves over it. Or Straw and Mulch too just so its not an eye sore. Next spring you should see a difference.

The other thing (might be too late)... just put black plastic down around the plants... I cant stand that idea because I have clay soil and need to till a lot to break it up and let water/nutrients soak in.
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Old 07-09-2015, 12:01 PM
 
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Yup no sun again today and yet it feels like the tropics. Horrible outside and weather for garden past 5 weeks now.

Take yellow stems off. Throw out! Do not put in soil or even compost. It's carrying a disease so discard it. I throw it on my lawn and mow it in.

Spray baking soda on good leaves. After a day you will notice your hands yellow if you touch them.


I sprayed but cant get a break with the rains so its kind washing off. I almost want to give up and just pray winter starts tomorrow.

BTW... don't worry about making the plant look like a tree. Whats done is done and once it's infected, you have to lose those branches. Hope the rest can make it through couple more months!
Thank you Cam! I did some major pruning last week and I put all the clippings in a bin to be picked up by the township. So far, (knock on wood) I'm just seeing this on my cherry tomatoes. I have one plant that is about 5 feet tall! I have my Supersonic tomatoes in a City Picker I bought in the spring. They are over 4 feet tall, lots of fruit on them, and it is a self watering system. The plants are so thick that when it rains it doesn't even get to the potting mix so it's not getting saturated like the cherry tomatoes. Is it ok to spray the leaves on this, even though no yellow leaves?

Ugh, we're supposed to get heavy rain and thunderstorms tonight. It rained last night. I will treat the plants tomorrow and cut off all the remaining yellow leaves today. I am so glad you posted about this problem yesterday! I really did not want to have to spray any chemicals on the garden.

Cam, I've been following your garden threads for a while. You have inspired me and I want to thank you! I would love to have a vegetable garden that is the size of yours. I only have a small area that gets enough sun for growing. Thanks again! Here's to a nice dry, hot spell! I hope!
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Old 07-09-2015, 12:57 PM
 
Location: Denver/Boulder Zone 5b
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Cam, I'm so sorry you're dealing with such crappy weather! The garden still looks really good, though, all things considered - and you've harvested a lot more than I have! That pepper looks DELICIOUS. I'll do my best to have Mother Nature send you some sun soon!! We usually have plenty to spare!
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Old 07-10-2015, 06:14 AM
 
Location: Near the Coast SWCT
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July 9, 2015

Cucumbers are so healthy without any Beetles around! Forgot to add I planted Radish next to them. I heard that helps!



Just added fresh compost for them. Didn't till it in. Let it sit absorb and drain down nicely.



Yeah, I keep pickling. Picking a lot of cukes with just 12 plants.


Sweet Bell Peppers



Lost lower branches but lots of tomatoes. FYI... the row I put the Straw down as mulch are doing better. Lessons remembered.

Also... take note here how close the Tomato plants are left and right. Lesson Remembered.



Cardboard still working nice.

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Old 07-10-2015, 09:57 AM
 
Location: South Carolina
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Oh my goodness cam look at all those tomatoes you are going to have a slew of fresh tomatoes when all of them ripen whoa . I wish I had that many thanks for the pictures and much sunshine headed your way we hope . take care .
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Old 07-11-2015, 06:07 AM
 
Location: Near the Coast SWCT
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My first ripe tomato of 2015. Campari. Luckily the squirrels are focused on nuts instead.



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