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May 27, 2017 8:58 AM CST

Hello Gardening Folk's,
Do not want to use a chemical salt plant food on my tomatoes, so what can I feed them to keep them happy and healthy? Also because I don't like chemicals, what can I put on plants to stop the leaf miner? Hope you can help!
Thanks, Liz
May 27, 2017 10:59 AM CST
Name: Sue
Ontario, Canada (Zone 4b)
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Leafminers are difficult to control because they are protected inside the leaf. If you don't have a lot you can just pick off and destroy the affected leaves. If you want a pesticide treatment, spinosad may be worth a try (organic). It would help to know roughly whereabouts you are located.

Regarding nutrients, are you growing the tomatoes in the ground or in a pot? Do you have any idea of the nutrient status of your soil and your soil pH if the former? Have you grown tomatoes before and had problems?
May 28, 2017 7:53 AM CST
Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
Good ol fashion livestock manure.
Be careful if its fresh.
Anything i say, could be misrepresented, or wrong.
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