Yesterday, I planted a Black Krim, a Cherokee Purple, Pink Brandywine, a Better Boy, an Early Girl, and a Lemon Boy. I also got a sweet 100 cherry I’m going to grow in a pot.
This is my third year planting tomatoes and my first two years I got some tomatoes but was mostly defeated by disease in my hot and humid climate.
This year, I mulched with 2 inches of straw, and I’m going to be as diligent as I can in keeping the tomatoes off the ground. I also purchased Daconil and put it on the tomatoes immediately after I got them in the ground. I think I’m going to alternate between that and copper soap all year and see if that prevents disease. I tried to do an organic, light spray method last year, using neem and Serenade, and that didn’t seem to work. Maybe I’ll do neem this year if it hasn’t rained for a week or so, just to keep something on there, but use the Daconil or the copper soap after rains.
I also got 3 disease resistant tomatoes this year (I usually only get one or so) and am using them in between the heirlooms to help cut down on the spread of disease. They are also there to ensure I get something in case my plants still get ravaged by disease.
I’m jealous of all of you planting rare heirloom tomatoes you start from seed, but I think I need to have a year or two of good success with the ones I have before I can think of doing more.
If anyone has any tips for me, I’d love to hear them.