I went out to the garden the other day and it seemed like all the plants had grown overnight! All the rain we’ve been getting lately was really good for the garden. Except there was one piddly little tomato plant that was practically the same size as when I’d transplanted it, while the others had doubled or more in size. At first I thought maybe something was eating it. I sprinkled diatomaceous earth (DE) on the leaves and around the plant. DE is great for killing small bugs and insects, it cuts up their soft underbellies (wonderful, I know) as they crawl over it.
But the DE did nothing. A few days later the other tomato plants were now three or four times bigger and this one plant was just getting worse. I wanted to do something about it before it got too bad. When I looked up common tomato problems, I found some pictures of “early blight” that looked like my tomato plant.
-Usually you treat blight with a fungicide, but most fungicides are filled with chemicals I don’t want on my tomato plants and future tomatoes. So I looked up a DIY fungicide and found a recipe that I tweaked a little bit.
Here’s the recipe I used:
*16 oz. spray bottle
*1 teaspoon baking soda (it’s naturally anti-fungal)
*Squirt of Thieves dish soap (dish soap is supposed to be a good ingredient in a fungicide and I’m glad I can use one that is chemical-free)
*Dash of olive oil (cooking oils may kill some insects and it also can get the solution to stick to the plants)
*A few drops of citronella and cedarwood (Bugs don’t like these smells. I use them in a bug spray for myself, I figured if it worked on humans it might work on plants, just in case it was bugs and not a fungus. Who knows?! It’s worth a shot.)
*Topped the bottle off with filtered water.
I tested it on just the one plant that’s not doing well, but if it doesn’t hurt it I’ll use it on the other plants as a precautionary measure. I sprayed in the evening, it was a sunny day and if you spray it on a bright sunny day, the oil in the solution could scorch the plants. We’ll see how it goes! I’ll post an update later when I have one.
P.S. All you garden experts out there, if I’m doing something wrong and your thinking, “the problem is so obvious, why isn’t she doing so and so” please let me know! I would love to learn from your knowledge and experience!