This homesteader lives in East Tennessee which is a humid area. Below are a few tips that she shares on keeping her tomato plants healthy in the middle of a hot and rainy summer.
- She prunes her tomatoes and gets rid of weeds.
- To prevent Blight (a plant disease caused by fungi such as mildews, rusts, and smuts) – Keep the tomatoes plant off the ground and use mulch to prevent splash up when it rains.
- Aqua cones are used to water the plants. They deliver water directly to the root zone of your garden or container plants. Aqua Cone is labeled SAND, LOAM and CLAY. Use a nail to punch out the 2 holes that correspond to your soil type. Next you will add clean sand, then screw a recycled 2-liter soda bottle into the neck of the Aqua Cone. Click Here to learn more about Aqua Cones from Gardener’s Supply Company.
- Nutrition – Epsom salt, wood ash, calcium such as egg shells or tums.
- Uses clicks to keep the plant up on the cattle panels.
- Always clean off and dry the scissors you use for pruning so that you are not passing any disease from one plant to the next. She uses Thieves cleaner from Young Living and dilutes it in a bowl.
- Add calcium periodically.
To see the full video on tomato plant maintenance click on the video below from Appalachia’s Homestead with Patara.