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Top Tomato Tips

If there’s a vegetable (technically a fruit) that’s completely associated with summer, it’s the tomato. Summer is also the time when tomatoes can be susceptible to pests and diseases

Mites, often called spider mites or two spotted mites, just love warm dry weather and become a real problem on tomatoes during summer.

They are tiny sap sucking pests that deplete plants of important nutrients and sugars. They are almost impossible to see with the naked eye, but initial signs to look out for include yellowing and mottled tomato leaves. If left untreated, mite populations can explode and the colonies create masses of spidery webbing in between leaves and stems.

Mite infested tomato plants will suffer and the harvest reduced significantly.

Mites can be controlled with weekly sprays of Yates® Nature’s Way® Vegie & Herb Spray. Also known as Natrasoap®, it’s a soap spray based on natural vegetable oils.

It’s important to spray both the upper and lower leaf surfaces, as Yates® Nature’s Way® Vegie & Herb Spray works via contacting the mites directly.

Yates® Nature’s Way® Vegie & Herb Spray comes in both a handy ready to use pack and also a concentrate for larger gardens.

It’s also certified by ‘Australian Certified Organic’ for use in organic gardens, so is great for people wanting to use organic insect pest control methods in their vegie & herb patch.

Continue to keep tomato plants well watered during January and feed them each week with Yates® Thrive® Tomato Liquid Plant Food. Healthy, well fed tomatoes can be productive for many months, so keep up the TLC.


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