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#83278 Jul 6th, 2007 at 09:24 AM
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Help. I'm a first time gardener and I don't know what I'm doing. :) I have a 12' x 6' raised bed and on one end, I have 3 tomato plants. I have an Early Girl and 2 Celebrities. Everything was going well up until last week. I was watering my garden every night, making sure I didn't get their leaves wet. They seemed to like that, because they were looking really beautiful and I had a ton of fruit on the Early Girl and some on the others. Well, after watering one evening, my husband decided to water the lawn. Little did I know, but he was hitting my garden too. Ugh.. I didn't think anything about it, until a couple of days later. My middle Celebrity plant's leaves curled up and seem to be dying. It was the worse of the three. The others had a little curling, but not as much. I chalked it up to too much water, but now the fruit on that plant has tiny, white spots on them. Did the water affect it, or do I have a disease/bugs. The lower leaves on my Early Girl are turning yellow, but I thought that was common with older leaves. I made the mistake of planting them too close together, so I'm afraid it's a disease and it's going to spread to everything else. I don't want to lose the fruit I already have. Is there another way to distinguish if it's just too much water or a disease? Can too much water cause a disease overnight? Sorry I'm rambling. I hope I'm making some sense. Any help would be appreciated. Should I cut the bad limbs? Should I pull the middle plant? Oh... I'm using Bonide 3-1 vegetable spray because last week I also noticed that I had cucumber beetles. Not a good week. :)

#83325 Jul 6th, 2007 at 10:14 AM
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hehe sounds to me like you water way too much in the first place. Have you grown tomatos before? Or have you harvested any yet this year? Overwatering leads to split/cracked tomatos. . . I learned this too the hard way my first year.

Your in ohio, not too far from me. We had a really hot june here in Michigan, but I still only watered about every 3rd day in the morning. My plants leaves are mostly curled, doesnt seem to hurt the plant 1 bit cuz it has alot of fruit on it and I have tomatoe plants peaking at about 6 foot tall!!!

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