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Just this week some spots have started showing up on my tomatoes.  What should I treat it with? In the past in my soil garden I used fungicides or just left it alone unless it became really bad because I believed in using the least amount of chemicals possible.

This year in my dirt garden I am doing everything natural and I used a hot pepper spray to deal with the aphids (it worked great) and misted the tomatoes with a baking soda mixed with water to deal with fungus  - no results yet.

- Thanks Shelia

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Well, I would probably follow your "just leave it alone" method but I'm a lazy gardener.  However, provided you avoid letting much drip into the aquaponics system, baking soda mixed with water is fish safe enough (just don't want to spill it in the system since it would raise the pH and also the salt level in the system, keep it away from strawberries.)
Active worm tea is reputed to work with some of these problems when sprayed.  I have not tried it yet, but it won't hurt your plants or fish so is probably worth a try if you can get some.
Thanks I will try it.

TCLynx said:
Well, I would probably follow your "just leave it alone" method but I'm a lazy gardener.  However, provided you avoid letting much drip into the aquaponics system, baking soda mixed with water is fish safe enough (just don't want to spill it in the system since it would raise the pH and also the salt level in the system, keep it away from strawberries.)

I just received my worms yesterday so Hopefully I will have castings soon. Recently I had a leak in my tank and at first I just thought the plants were a taking in a lot of water however on the second week of adding water I came home to just a few inches of water in my 30 gallon tank I knew there was a leak. (We had so much rain the leak was not obvious at first, until that much water was gone. My Nitrates were at 20; since I have the new tank no nitrites or nitrates have shown up. Is it possible that is what caused the tomato plant to become diseased?

I plan to use a 300 gallon tank and use catfish soon. This is a trial to see what problems I encountered.


Thanks Shelia
Richard Wyman said:

Active worm tea is reputed to work with some of these problems when sprayed.  I have not tried it yet, but it won't hurt your plants or fish so is probably worth a try if you can get some.

I had the same problem a month ago with my tomato plants, but I left it alone.  I cut off the most severe infected branches, but only after the plants had grown another 6".  Now I can happily say that the disease has not kept them from reaching 3-4 feet.

Has the disease had an effect on the amount of fruit that is produced?



Robert B Winebrinner said:

I had the same problem a month ago with my tomato plants, but I left it alone.  I cut off the most severe infected branches, but only after the plants had grown another 6".  Now I can happily say that the disease has not kept them from reaching 3-4 feet.

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