There is talk at the farm of unattended plots becoming available for "squatting" as of July. Please be aware that Mike has told the board that he did not approve the idea of people temporarily taking over an unused plot. We've been told by Mike that he will have every unused plot filled very soon. In the meanwhile, if you're unhappy with the unattended plots still not being taken, feel free to talk to Mike and let him know you feel. His e-mail is MMOCCIAE@norwalkct.org and his phone number is (203) 854-7725.
As many of you know, late blight last year wiped out almost everyone's tomatoes. There are a few things you can do now to help minimize the risk of your tomatoes becoming infected.
- Water your plants from below, not above. Also, water when there's still heat and sun left in the day, either in the morning or in the afternoon (but not during the heat of the day.) Fungus thrives in moist conditions, and keeping your plants dry makes them more inhospitable to the fungus.
- Lay newspaper around the base of your plans, 6 or 7 sheets worth. This not only helps keep moisture in the soil, it helps reduce splashing from below onto the leaves.
- Remove all dead and dying leaves. Especially remove anything that's yellow or green with spots.
- Sterilize you garden shears between cuts, so as to not infect healthy plants.
Here are a few links with more information regarding tomato blight:
Keep in mind that Fodor Farm is an organic farm, and any treatments you might use must be organic.
Thank you, and see you at the farm!