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  • Answered by
    kiwigeorge on
    January 19, 2011
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    My 1920's garden book lists "Cheshunt Compound" to solve this problem but I have not been able to find either that or an equivalent. I now make my own seeding and potting mixes from sharp river sand, aged sifted horse manure and compost which has a high seaweed content. I also water my seedlings with very weak liquid seaweed manure and have had no fungus problems since starting to use it. I prefer kelp seaweed but use what ever I can collect, put it through my mulcher and soak it in a plastic (not metal) barrel for at least two months and stir it daily. I also feed my mature plants with seaweed mixture and have virtually no disease propblems. Hope this helps.
    KiwiGeorge

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    Heather on
    January 22, 2011
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    I like Arkansas Traveler Tomato. It is a good heirloom variety that does well in the heat and has a good flavor. When I buy heirloom seeds, I like to shop from either rareseeds.com (Baker Creek Seeds) or seedsavers.com (Seed Saver's Exchange). Both are good companies with a great selection of heirlooms.

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    Nikki on
    January 25, 2011
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    You can reuse it, but you will need to sterilize it. With landscape fabric, this can be done by soaking it in boiling water a few times or in bleach water (though bleach water will damage the fabric some) to kill the bacteria.

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    Heather on
    February 4, 2011
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    This is caused by a pollination issue. Mostly, tomatoes are wind pollinated, but in damp/rainy weather or very hot weather the pollen gets sticky and does not travel well. You may need to give it some help. These articles can help:

    https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/vegetables/tomato/pollinate-tomatoes.htm
    https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/garden-how-to/beneficial/creating-a-pollinator-garden.htm
    https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/garden-how-to/beneficial/insect-pollination-process.htm

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  • Answered by
    Nikki on
    February 7, 2011
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    It is a nutrient imbalance. They do need nitrogen to produce foliage, so yes, adding more nitrogen will probably help them do better.

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    Nikki on
    February 21, 2011
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    Nikki on
    February 22, 2011
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    I would recommend spraying with neem oil. It is safe for humans, animals and beneficial insects but is very effective on pest insects like aphids. Here is more information:
    https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/pests/homemade-aphid-control-a-natural-way-to-kill-aphids.htm
    https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/pests/pesticides/neem-oil-uses.htm

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    R. McClung on
    May 30, 2022
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    Have you used baby powder in the soil and/or sprinkled onto the leaves?

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