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Eastern Iowa
philc1
Aug 9, 2017 2:42 PM CST
Help!! My garden has septoria so bad that when the leaves on my tomatoes show up, they are dead in 2 days. have been fighting it for 3 years. last year I planted thru a heavy landscape fabric still killed all my tomatoes. I'am about to give up.

thanks guys
Name: Yardenman
Maryland (Zone 7a)
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Yardenman
Aug 9, 2017 2:55 PM CST
philc1 said:Help!! My garden has septoria so bad that when the leaves on my tomatoes show up, they are dead in 2 days. have been fighting it for 3 years. last year I planted thru a heavy landscape fabric still killed all my tomatoes. I'am about to give up.

thanks guys


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Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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DaisyI
Aug 9, 2017 3:05 PM CST
Septoria isn't in the soil, its living in garden debris and plants.

Start by getting rid of every single weed in your garden, don't allow any debris (ie: your dead tomato plants) and don't compost what you take out of the garden.

Practice gardening that discourages fungus: Wash your hands before you handle any healthy plant. Don't water the foliage and allow for lots of air circulation between plants.

Use a heavy duty fungacide (like copper sulfate or Daconil) on the soil this fall. Don't grow any Solanums (tomatoes, eggplants, potatoes...) in this area for the next 3 years.

Try some container grown plants next year.
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