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Tomato Ray Guns And Tomato Diseases

Well here we are again and I have to report that my Tomato Ray Gun ultraviolet light flashlight didn’t work as well as I had hoped it would work! Those damned Tomato Hornworms are way better at camouflage than I had anticipated. Now I certainly gave it my best shot, but the little basta…..er….illegitimate caterpillars are pretty good at hiding….so I resorted to my old tried and true hand to hand combat….and not without success! I got 6 of ’em with the hand to hand….and 1 with the ray gun (Ultraviolet Light). OK, now we’ve covered the Hornworms, let’s move onto a new challenge to the tomato crop this year.

An Infestation Of Weather….Too HOT!!!

I may have been a little hard on ol’ Al Gore because the picture at left is nothing like we’ve been experiencing around the Midwest lately….maybe that Global Warming stuff has something to it. Naaaa, I don’t think so, but I’ll tell you one thing, the weather has been unbearable for me, you, and the tomato plants around here lately!!
You folks may remember a while back that I talked about that range of temperatures that the Tomato Plant loves….early on we were worried about temperatures below 50°….well all that changed as of late, now we’re having conniptions over weather that has of late exceeded 100° on a regular basis!! Well guess what? Tomatoes don’t much care for anything over 90°. So the weather has been playing havoc with our pals the Tomato Plant.

I have a load of tomato plants that have been curling up as of late due to the Hot weather….now I can’t say that the appearance of my plants is due to the extreme heat, but I can say I’ve never had this happen before and I’ve never experience prolonged heat like this before either. So given the coincidence of these two factors I’m going to take a leap here and say the heat is responsible. I mean look at this….they look like Grandma after 3 hours in the tub! And mind you….this is after a nice quenching dose of water! Today the tomato plants are looking a tad better than they have, but I’ll tell you one thing, they don’t look real healthy….hopefully they’ll return to their former glory and this weather will be just a bad memory. So if you have been diligently watering your plants and generally taking good care of them and they’ve turned to shi…..poop, don’t worry too much about it, they’ll be back, but I wouldn’t depend on a bumper crop this year. Oh yea, you can click on the picture of the tomato plant for a closer look if you’d care to, it’ll show a little of the leaf roll I’ve been experiencing.

Alrighty then, we’ll continue along with our Tomato Plant diseases next week….perhaps I’ll give you a site to explore and become familiar with “ALL ” the tomato plant diseases….stay cool!

Posted Saturday, July 14th, 2012 by by admin, under Tomato Care.

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