Western Brown’s Leto excels in Australia Rockets ready for 1st season in SBAAC Paddling, hiking activities available at Ohio State Parks SB Warriors get set to hit gridiron for 2nd year of varsity football Scotty W Johnson Glenna V Moertle Ricky L Hoffer Ruth E Ward David A Watson Janet L Dotson Vilvie S King Steven C Utter Cropper joins Fallis at Bethel-Tate Local kids find success in world of martial arts 13th annual Bronco 5K Run and Fitness Walk set for Aug. 5 Teams compete in memory of Randy Fulton Mike W Smith Roger Helton David A Borders Timothy E Argenbright Joseph W Sherrill Frances K Pedigo Cecil N Graham Sawyers charged in sex for heroin plot Group demands changes at ELSD Blanche Malblanc Pauline L Kirk Over 70 take part in 11th Joe Myers 5K Classic Lions Club 4th of July Festival brings outdoor fun to Ripley ODNR reminds visitors to swim safe this summer Changes in high school track and field/cross country rules include school issued and approved uniforms Betty L Philpott Judy B Williams Billie J Russell Remembering Ravye 25 attend volleyball camp in Fayetteville Western Brown hosts Pee Wee Football Camp Eugene L Baumann Kids enjoy a ‘Touch-a-Truck’ event in Mt. Orab New police chief takes over in Fayetteville BC Chamber moving forward on 2017 SummerFest Two killed in wrong way crash in Mt. Orab Jack Hamilton Charles L Glover Maxine M Stires Western Brown youth basketball camps a success Leto to represent Team USA in Australia Broncos hard at work in preparation for fall season Eastern approves bowling team Phyllis Ruth Lois A Manley Eddie L Carr Thomas L Carnahan Cameron Barkley Walter J McGee Gary J Graham George D Johnson Walter F Crawford Jr Charles E Meranda Jr Corbin testifies before Ohio Senate Five arrested in Hamersville drug bust Neil Diamond tribute band coming Hyde finds home at Midway Youngsters work to improve on hoop skills at Eastern basketball camps Sizer named All-District Honorable Mention Western Brown’s Barnes earns All-State, All-District honors Local players compete in SWOFCA Ron Woyan East/West All-Star Game 6th annual Ravye Williams Memorial 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament set for June 24 Clarence E Teal Rosie B Poe Monard C Boots James P Conrad James T Dinser Scott J Swearingen Eastern’s Farris earns award for top 2-point field percentage in Ohio Georgetown’s Seigla earns All-District honors OHSAA announces 2017 football regions and playoffs format Western Brown volleyball camps a success with over 100 in attendance Rigdon finishes high school running career with 10th place finish at state track and field championship meet Grace E Fite Women return to county jail as funds start to run low Georgetown Council takes action on vacant structures Veterans honored in Mt. Orab John McGee Timmy Burson Patricia A London Mary J Hall Kenneth R Behymer Western Brown’s Joe Sams commits to Marietta College WBHS to hold girls youth basketball camp Huseman signs with UC Clermont Day to continue baseball career on collegiate level at UC Clermont Western’s Pack signs with NKU WBHS to host youth boys basketball camp Eastern’s Rigdon, Hopkins are STATE BOUND James Ratliff Robert P Lesko Armstrong sentenced to twenty years on child porn possession charges Russellville hires new Village Clerk Russellville Council approves purchase of two ambulances

Trouble in tomato paradise

Hot days and nights have changed the happenings in my garden. After inches and inches of rain have fallen, I finally had to water all the containers of herbs on the deck and top off the whiskey barrel water garden. The refrigerator is full of cucumbers ready to be turned into pickles and before long I will need to consider starting some batches of chili sauce.

After a walk in the garden I have noticed some changes in the bottom leaves of my tomato plants. But my biggest problem continues to be the wildlife that visit the garden and take samples of tomatoes. This morning we watched a doe helping herself to ear corn in the front field. The juvenile rabbit in the front yard no longer hops away when I walk to get the mail. Ah, life in the country.

Have you been checking for pests and disease in your landscape and vegetable garden? If you sense “troubles” in tomato paradise you should consider visiting the ohioline.osu.edu website and reading up on tomato leaf spot diseases.

Septoria Leaf Spot is a fungal disease that affects the foliage of tomatoes. It does not affect fruit directly. The disease causes rapid defoliation when weather is warm and moist. Septoria Leaf Spot produces lesions that are usually brown, circular, and small with a yellow halo. Fungal fruiting bodies know as pycnidia can be seen usually in the middle of the mature lesion as tiny, black dots.

Septoria starts on the lower leaves and works its way up the plant. OSUE Fact Sheet, Septoria Leaf Spot of Tomatoes (HYG-3112-96 at ohioline.osu.edu), provides gardeners with important tips to control Septoria: 1) Rotate out of tomatoes for four years, 2) Deep plow, preferably in the fall, to bury all plant refuse, 3) Grow tomato transplants in sterilized soil, 4) Control weeds, especially horse nettle, Jimson weed, and nightshade, and 5) Use of a protectant fungicide may be necessary to adequately control Septoria Leaf Spot when conditions are favorable for disease development. Remember to read all and follow all directions carefully.

Septoria lycopersici lives between tomato crops in the soil on infested debris of tomato and weeds. Spores formed on crop debris splash onto foliage and start the disease. Wind and rain spread spores produced in the dark bodies formed in leaf spots to adjacent uninfected leaves. The fungus is most active between 60 and 80 degrees F when rainfall is abundant.

Many leaf spot diseases can mimic each other in their early stages of development, so careful observation is very important when determining what may be affecting your tomato plants. Proper diagnosis will help you select the most appropriate management of the disease.

Some other diseases that might threaten your tomato crop include: Early Blight, Late Blight, Bacterial Spot, Blossom-End Rot, and Blossom drop without fruit set. If you would like to learn more about these special problems with tomatoes, be sure to check out the OSUE FactSheets found at ohioline.osu.edu.

I love to eat sun-warmed tomatoes right off the vine. My husband prefers carrying the salt shaker to the garden for his tomatoes. Do you salt your tomatoes or not?

Don’t forget to email your gardening questions to OSUE Brown County Master Gardener Volunteer Mike Hannah at mhannah2@msn.com.

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By Faye Mahaffey

Faye Mahaffey is an OSU Master Gardner volunteer.

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