Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Garden Update: Tomatoes

Thanks to some cooperative play on the part of my sons, I was able to plant some tomatoes. In March, I took a class with Marta Teegan of Homegrown LA. I used some of her tips when getting these plants in the ground.

I made room for the plants by clearing out my brussel sprout disaster. I've not had much luck with the brassicas. The aphids, however, had a field day with these plants coating the undersides of the leaves and blanketing the brussel sprout heads with their dusky bodies. I have yet to find a good way to deal with the aphids. I'm hoping the toxic leaves of the tomato plant will be an effective deterrent all by themselves.


  1. I've read that row covers can do a lot to deter aphids, parsley, dill, cilantro, tansy and/or sunflowers nearby will attract beneficial insects to eat them, nasturtiums can be used as a trap crop, and mint and garlic are natural repellents. I don't have too much experience with aphids, though, so I don't know if any of these actually work. Our big pests last year were Colorado Potato Beetles and Flea Beetles.

  2. soapy water spray. also- keep your ant population down- they farm aphids to 'milk' the honeydew that aphids secrete. Soap spray does them in, too. I think BT is supposed to work on aphids as well.

    Might be too warm in your area for brassicas.


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