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Dealing With Blight?

Here’s the problem: Planted 6 or so varieties of tomatoes and for the last 4 years me and all my close neighbors have suffered and dealt with blight, fungus or whatever it’s called. The result is ripping out plants, harvesting little more than a handful of maters–this year it attacked my corn. I’ve used fungus control, lime, no help. This year bought raised bed gardens tilled NEW ground and filled with NEW compost, garden soil, etc–Harvested enough tomatoes for 2 pints of stewed tomatoes. Is it this Tennessee soil? I can without trying grow the most colorful mushrooms ever–they pop up everywhere–too much fungus in soil??? Corn was placed in yet another ares of NEW soil, compost, garden soil, etc and it too got a heavy dose of fungus.

Too much rain?

I’m lost!!

got any ideas?



Dear Mary,

I’m so sorry you’re having such problems. I’ve actually eaten lots of tomatoes grown in Tennessee soil this year, and was told it was a good crop. Obviously, though, that’s not the case everywhere in your state.

I did a bit of research on tomato-growing in Tennessee and found a couple of links where your specific problem is discussed:

Also, as you likely know Off The Grid News has a ton of articles on tomato-growing. Here are a few that might help:

How to rid your tomato plants of common problems

5 tips before you build a raised garden bed

The ultimate guide to raised garden beds

Hope this helps!

The Editor


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  2. I was DISMAYED that your latest email, which said to watch a 13 SECOND video, was in reality an almost 30 MINUTE video. Did someone forget “honesty is the best policy”?

  3. Please reduce the speed of the “slider” at the top of your home page. It cycles too fast to read each “slide”.

  4. I would like to think I’m on top of being prepared for the worst. Maybe I’m not? But could anyone at Off the Grid, do a story on what we should be doing right this minute without being told to buy a book! A top 25-50 item list of preparing for the worst would be helpful. We may already know what we think we should be doing,but it would be nice to make sure we are moving in the right direction. For example,if we are not bugging out, we should be doing this and that,if were going to bug out, we should be doing this and that. And as far as those must have item’s,you could tell us what they are,instead of tell ing us to buy a book. You might have a continuous list on either side of this page. That would be very helpful. I’ve learn quite a bit from Off The Grid and your readers. We thank you for your stories. Thanks. Southern Patriot

  5. I live in Cheyenne (about 1 hour from Loveland, CO) Devastation from rains and flooding in the Colorado region make me glad I am a prepper. People were air-lifted from their homes and cannot return now because of road/bridge washouts. Those who were brave enough to stay, now have no routes for food supply to grocery stores. (Except thru Trail Ridge Road across the Rocky Mountain Natl. Park) and that road will soon be under too much snow. You just never know what might happen, so it is always good to be prepared as much as you can.

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