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Copper mesh blight protection update

update on copper mesh experiment to prevent tomato blight

There are small signs of blight on a tomato plant near our wet gully, but all the other plants with experimental copper mesh protection are happy and blight free.

It's been a very wet summer, and maybe without the copper we would be seeing more blight spots?

I'll post an update to this experiment in a few weeks.

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Comment by Roland_Smith Sat Jul 27 01:55:40 2013
Roland --- Excellent question. I hope to post a more in-depth sumup of the current blight situation next week which will answer your question, so stay tuned. :-)
Comment by anna Sat Jul 27 13:12:20 2013
I've been telling people about your unique idea for avoiding it. Me, I've just been pruning the dickens out of my plants. Here's a question--some of the branches with tomatoes on them have spots. Will it help if I cut those off and sacrifice a few tomatoes?
Comment by Brandy Sun Jul 28 07:28:15 2013
Brandy --- If you can stomach it, I'd remove the branch with spots. I made a mistake with my pruning ten days ago and just pruned the first bearer of the blight hard --- I should have taken the plant all the way out. This week, all of the surrounding plants had small signs of blight. 20/20 hindsight....
Comment by anna Sun Jul 28 07:54:51 2013
I took out one whole plant and a bunch more tomatoes, but it seems I may have reached the "run and hide" point. I think I'll plant just four tomatoes next year and pour myself into keeping them as happy as can be.
Comment by Brandy Sun Jul 28 09:40:46 2013

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