Plain Gardening: Tomato Harvest

Plain Gardening: Tomato Harvest

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It's getting close to tomato harvest time.  Bill Finch with Mobile Botanical Gardens says you're not the only one who enjoys delicious homegrown tomatoesl...worms and birds do, too.

 

First off, those bamboo stands that seemed so tall when you built them in February are barely big enough to hold some of the better varieties of Gulf Coast tomatoes.  Now that they're grown, you'll need to protect them from caterpillars and worms.  There's no need for insectide, though, because the worms are slow and give themselves away.  The best way to find worms is to look for--allow me to be blunt here--worm poop on your tomato plant leaves.  If you find some, look to the branch above those leaves and you're likely to find the culprit.

 

Once you've found it, what's the best way of dealing with it?  Well--again allow me to be blunt--you squish it.

 

You may need some light netting to keep birds away during the peak of harvest.

 

Learn more by asking the Master Gardeners at mobilebotanicalgardens.org.

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