first_imgWhat about your tomato crop this year? Was it good, bad or awful? Fall is a good timefor a full evaluation of your effort.Did you grow one of the standards or try anything new? Were you happy with the cultivargrown? If not, remember that next year and try a different one.Did you have the right fertility program? Did you have white, hard spots in yourtomatoes? Were the fruits small or did they fall off in the bloom stage? All of theseproblems are a results of your fertility program.Remember, the soil test is one of the most important parts of tomato growing. You needto test a soil sample in November or early December.Did you have blossom end rot? If you did, the calcium level from the soil test iscritical. This problem results from inadequate calcium levels, along with waterfluctuations.Speaking of water, fall is a good time, too, to get that drip irrigation you were goingto put in the garden for next spring. Drip is the ecological way to save water. It willreduce the chances of some diseases, too, by keeping the foliage dry.And before you put up those tomato cages, spray them with a 15 percent bleach solution.That will prevent carrying over this year’s diseases.Finally, remember where you planted tomatoes this year so you can change places nextyear. That, too, will reduce chances for disease and insect buildup next season.To get a soil test kit, see your county Extension Service agent.last_img

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