Blight & Growing Tomatoes in California

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Harriet Ells is Good Food’s Supervising Producer.

Back at the end of March, I started this tomato odyssey.  After two years of failed attempts, I decided to get serious.  I bought the seedlings, planted them, watered them and now they are producing!  I actually have tomatoes.  Scott Daigre, my “tomato tutor” came over the other day and checked on my progress.  Here are some notes from the master:

  • Sun: 6 hours is good, 8 is optimal
  • If you have blight (brown colored leaves): remove leaves and apply compost tea (if organic growing)
  • If you’re in containers, fertilize every 10 days, on schedule.
  • New growth at the base is good and means a long season.
  • If bugs are a problem, use a low concentration soap spray
  • Add more dirt and compost mix to the pots.
  • Don’t be afraid to prune the plant.

Listen to all of Scott’s advice this Saturday on Good Food.

At a dinner party the other night, I mentioned that I had a Tomato Consultant, which got lots of eye rolls.  It doesn’t matter what they think; I’m actually growing tomatoes!