Learning lessons

Over the years, I’ve learned most everything the hard way:  making mistakes.   Not-quite-full of wisdom yet, there’s still the full acceptance that I may walk out into the garden tomorrow–or this evening–and find my squash covered with squash bugs or rust choking my hollyhocks.   Usually these things have had very little to do with the soil ph or the minerals, etc., just common maladies that occur and it’s just a good thing that I don’t have to provide for my family over the winter months  with what I grow.  Sometimes, though, I can catch the stuff quickly and head it off and I hope that’s what I’ve done with this little fusarium problem…

If your tomato plants yellow and wilt on one side of the plant or one side of a leaf, they may have Fusarium wilt. Fusarium wilt on tomatoes is caused by Fusarium oxysporumsp.lycopersici. It is a soilborn fungus that is found throughout the United States, especially in warm regions of the country. The organism is specific for tomato and is very longlived in all regions of the United States.

The other better boys show no sign of wilt and they all 3 are laden with fruit, so it was a tough decision whether I should pull out the entire plant or just trim and try to baby it along.  Especially since this is a soil-borne problem, and I failed to make sure to by plants with VF on them—that means they’re resistant to verticillium and fusarium, I was about half-sick over the thought of losing my whole crop.  There’s not much you can do and one gardener said it does cause the tomatoes to taste not-so-great, as well.

>sigh<  Actually, this has happened before.  Why did I fail to learn the lesson last time and BE SURE  to buy VF resistant plants?????

I just couldn’t bring myself to pull out the plants. I cut out the offending stalks and checked all the other plants carefully.   I’m hulking over them, checking constantly for more signs of the wilt, but for now they look fine…

Next time, right?  That’s what we all say. I even keep a garden journal and wrote a note to myself a couple of years ago to beware of this problem.  Then Spring arrives and I’m  feeling like Farmer Jo, so eager to get out there, that I barrel ahead…

That reminds me, Summer formally begins this Saturday, though the hot, humid weather here feels like summer already.  I think I’m going to consult my old journals before I head into this season and see if I can learn something….again!

Hope your garden is growing well!

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