Hello Garden Gals and Guys! Welcome back to Fat Earth. Today’s post is about a common disease that affects the leaves of tomato plants. It’s called early blight. I found it on quite a few of my tomato plants.
First of all, don’t panic. Here are some pictures to familiarize you with what it looks like so you can spot it in your own garden.
You can see the yellowing of this leaf and little brown spots as well.
- Cut off the infected lower leaves to help keep the disease from spreading upward.
- Throw away the infected branches immediately. Do not leave them lying in the garden and do not compost them. Some experts say you can “hot compost” (meaning your compost pile needs to exceed 120 degrees Farenheit in order to kill the spores) but I don’t take any chances. I don’t compost them. I throw them away in the trash immediately.
- Keep your plants mulched to reduce soil splashing onto the lower plants (in my case the mulch didn’t prevent it but it does help).
- If removing branches doesn’t work, apply fixed copper (an organic fungicide) according to the directions on the bottle. You can get this at your local garden center
- Continue to monitor your plants carefully
You can see a video I made about it here.
Until next time…