June 24, 2021

How to prevent tomato blight organically

Try these simple organic methods to prevent tomato blight & grow healthier & more productive tomato plants…

If you’ve been growing tomatoes for a while, odds are you’ve encountered tomato blight. This disease is caused by a fungus that lives in the soil, and it’s very common throughout the U.S. as well as the rest of the world. (There are several different types of blight, but all of them can affect your tomato plants in approximately the same way at different times throughout the season.)

If your tomatoes get blight, it’s not necessarily a death sentence, and it may not even impact your crop at all depending on the severity of the issue. However, for the healthiest tomato plants and the most bountiful crop, taking proactive steps to prevent tomato blight and other diseases is always a good idea.

However, while preventing blight might sound great, the truth is, you’ll never really entirely get rid of it, as the fungus that causes it lives in the soil just about everywhere. So rather than truly eliminating blight from your garden, what you want to focus on is controlling its severity, or preventing your plants from getting a bad case.

There are a number of things you can do to prevent blight from taking over your tomato plants. Staking your tomatoes so they grow up and off the ground is very helpful. Pruning your tomatoes and spacing them properly to offer good airflow is another good idea. Mulching early and keeping the ground under the plants covered with mulch can also help prevent soil (and soil-borne diseases like blight) from splashing up onto the leaves. Blight also thrives in cool, damp soil, so planting your seedlings out a bit later may help to control early blight infestations.

This helpful video shares 5 easy ways to prevent tomato blight from taking over your tomatoes – and specifically early blight – using simple organic methods:

 

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Rose S.

An avid gardener since childhood, I love sharing my passion for gardening with others! I have gardened in a number of different climates and settings, from large fenced garden plots, to tiny patio and container gardens, and I firmly believe that everyone can learn to grow at least some of their own food - no matter where you live. Growing your own food can help you take control of your own health and food supply, and there has never been a better time to get started!

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