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Growing Wisdom:Tomato Diseases

Growing tomatoes is a rite of summer.  The taste of a home grown tomato with fresh basil and some olive oil is something I look forward to every year.  What I dread every year is tomato diseases.  I never know how the weather and sometimes my soil will affect the plants. 

There is no shortage of diseases that can hit your plants.  The leaves, the fruit when its green, the fruit when it''''s red, the stem, the roots all parts of the plant can be attacked by some disease.

Unfortunately, many of these diseases can be difficult to diagnose.   I am not a big fan of reinventing the wheel and there are some great sites out there that can help you identify your issue.    Both of these sites are  great because you can click on which part of your plant is having trouble.  If you are looking to treat problems organically there are all sorts of products available.  I like to use products with copper for many of my problems with the plants.    Click here to see my own tomato patch and see some of the problems I had this year with my tomatoes. 

http://aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/tomatoproblemsolver/index.html

http://vegetablemdonline.ppath.cornell.edu/diagnostickeys/TomFrt/TomFrtKey.html

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