Needless to say, when I prepped my first garden plot last year, tomatoes were at the top of my plant list. little did i know....
tomatoes are very sensitive. Factor in my severe wet and dry seasons and newbie gardener skills, bam: the perfect recipe for disaster.
In my desperation, I have gone so far as to grow tomatoes upside-down, hanging in a bucket. The latest of such experiments ended up with late blight, a yucky fungus that will ultimately destroy your plant and spread to others.
Selecting from an impressive assortment of tomato seeds that kind visitors smuggled in for me over the past year, i picked out disease-resistant varieties.
My latest crop has been fortified with preventative measures of every sort:
- To reduce contact with soil, i.e. soil-born fungi, i have mulched with newspaper and cardboard.
- Note that the plants are raised on mounds, allowing the heavy and frequent rains to run off rather than collect in moldy puddles.
- The tomato bed is surrounded by beneficial plants: anti-fungal garlic, nematode-resisting marigolds, & pollinator-attracting borage
- Branches are appropriately staked on string, & low hanging limbs and leaves are removed immediately to prevent mud saturation
Gracias for humility & first hand experience; the tomato quest prevails!