Posted on 08 October 2011 by tomatocasual.com
By Mindy McIntosh-Shetter
I love heirloom tomatoes but with this love comes a price.
Many heirloom tomatoes are susceptible to many plant diseases.
These plants were bred for their fruit and not their resistance.
As time went on and science continued to develop, tomatoes were bred for such characteristics as disease resistance, large fruit, and storage ability.
The beauty and taste of the heirloom began to fall away. Today, many gardeners plant heirloom tomatoes not only for their taste but also as a way of keeping our gardening past alive.
Nowadays there is a resurgence of gardening the old way or what I like to call organically. This type of farming consists of Read the rest of this entry »
Posted on 18 January 2010 by tomatocasual.com
By Vanessa Richins
Last year was a sad year in the tomato world, wasn’t it?
It felt like every other word I read on gardening sites mentioned “blight.”
Rain, an influx of new gardeners (which meant a larger chance for spreading), infected plants sold at retail chains and other conditions meant many tomato plants fell prey to late blight.
Next year can be better, though, if we all take steps to manage the disease.
The fungus needs a host that is living, so it will die on tomato plants left over the winter. It’s best to clean them all out, though, to help prevent any of the other diseases.
When you’re ready to plant again in the spring, I would suggest Read the rest of this entry »
Posted on 17 August 2008 by tomatocasual.com
By Reggie Solomon
To help tomato growers who may be experiencing signs of tomato blight, yellow leaves or other tomato ailments, we wanted to flash back to some of Tomato Casual’s best resources on the subject.