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Limiting Early Blight of Tomatoes

October 18, 2018

Getting rid of as much tomato debris in the fall as possible will go a long way to delaying the spread of early blight next year, says Eric Sideman, MOFGA's organic crop specialist. Disinfecting stakes or cages will get rid of the tiny bits of diseased plants that can lead to new infection next spring. This fall management will not solve the problem of early blight because by midsummer the air is full of spores blowing from infected plants all over the region. But efforts made in the fall will delay infection in your garden, and at least you will not be the source of the initial infection. For details and more fall farming and gardening tips, see Eric Sideman's article "Next Year's Pest Management Begins Now" in The Maine Organic Farmer & Gardener.

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