How to grow sweeter tomatoes and prevent both blight and blossom rot using a basic pantry ingredient

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  • Sweeter Disease Free Tomato Tip

    Here is a tip for producing amazingly sweet tomatoes that are free from blight, a condition that causes tomatoes to suddenly wilt, rot and then die before the fruits can ripen. This tips also prevents blossom rot . . .
    You'll Need:

    1 Clean Spray Bottle
    1 c. powdered milk
    4 c. warm water

    Mix the milk and water together until fully incorporated. Mist any tomato plants that are showing signs of distress such as fungal infection or blight. (You'll need to do this weekly, or until the fungus is completely gone).

    Use the remaining solution to water your tomato plants, again once weekly. This environmentally
    friendly concoction is an excellent fungicide and pesticide.

    The calcium in the milk used to water the plants will also help prevent Blossom Rot, which is often caused by a deficiency of calcium.

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    Comments 16 Comments
    1. angelsrcrying's Avatar
      angelsrcrying -
      GREAT! My seeds have been started, and soon will go into the ground. This will be helpful, and i already have the powered milk on hand.
    1. bluedemalion's Avatar
      bluedemalion -
      This is a great tip!

      My green peppers were succumbing to blossom end rot (which I only recently figured out what it was) -- this will definitely help me to prevent this from happening again next year!
    1. tacomatam's Avatar
      tacomatam -
      I'll use this tip next year. Had a problem with blossom end rot this year.
    1. shendrickson8's Avatar
      shendrickson8 -
      Would this be good as a weekly application to sweeten tomatoes and forstall any calcium deficiencies? or would you only want to use it if blossom rot becomes a problem?
    1. kathie45651's Avatar
      kathie45651 -
      blossom end rot is a kin to both tomatoes and bell peppers, save all your egg shells and take to the area u will dig up to put tomates and bell peppers, when you r tilling up the ground till the egg shells into the ground at the same time and this will calcium enrich the ground, also when planting change planting locations, one time tomatoes in this spot and the bell peppers in this spot and then the next time put cukes in this spot and tomatoes where cukies where and bell peppers where tomatoes were, u can egg shell the complete ground area and just move the spots around for planting, this is why farmers move soy beans and corn cause each plant uses different nutrients use this each year before you plant i keep egg shells in a plastic grocery bag and keep filling them up and we also use a baby tiller to weed the garden we just measure out how far to plant each plant to get around without touching the plants and can re calcium the ground and weed at same time
    1. paperpeople's Avatar
      paperpeople -
      What a great idea. I used a water/milk mixture to stop powdery mildew on rosemary last winter but had never thought to use it on blossom end rot. Thanks
    1. D1vad's Avatar
      D1vad -
      Thank you so much for this tip!
    1. Deborah_D's Avatar
      Deborah_D -
      Well I am so glad I read this posting as I have tomatoes, peppers and rosemary planted, this is the first time in a long while that I have been able to set up and cute container gardening system. I love to find information to help me. Thank you all for the wonderful tips!!
    1. Seaira's Avatar
      Seaira -
      I have heard of the egg shells. I will try the powdered milk this year. I have also heard that you can use Epsom Salts.Has Anyone else heard about this and have you used Epsom salts?
    1. FreebieQueen's Avatar
      FreebieQueen -
      Quote Originally Posted by Seaira View Post
      I have heard of the egg shells. I will try the powdered milk this year. I have also heard that you can use Epsom Salts.Has Anyone else heard about this and have you used Epsom salts?

      Epsom salts can be used on some plants for higher production, there's more about that here: - - Boosting Pepper Production | Dirt Cheap Gardening Tips from
    1. Lynnh's Avatar
      Lynnh -
      I love gardening tips! This sounds great...and so easy!! I got so frustrated with my garden last year I threatened to only plant flowers this year but now that the gardening season is coming I've decided I'm gonna give it another try...I will be consulting this site you can be sure of that!!
    1. katpet's Avatar
      katpet -
      Having just planted my tomatoes I am very happy that I found this tip on Budget101!
    1. CJoyD's Avatar
      CJoyD -
      I have got to try this tip.
    1. CharlieBrown68's Avatar
      CharlieBrown68 -
      The more I read the more I can save my garden from blight. I am addicted to this sight and am telling all of my friends!!!
    1. graygal53's Avatar
      graygal53 -
      Thanks for the great information! I will put it to good use this spring.
    1. KennyR's Avatar
      KennyR -
      I have done a lot of reseach on raising tomatoes. The plants like heat, but not sunshine, water at roots not on the plant. Nothing I can do about sunshine as we plant about 30 to 40 plants a year. So when we plant our tomatoes plants, we put 2 or 3 tablespoons of Epsom salt in the hole, cover with a little soil, then plant the tomato as usual. Also we plant on a hill and water tomato plant at the roots down the bottom of the row, do not water with a sprinkler. This has stop all our problems and have a good crop every year.
      Commercial growers grow tomato plants in large greenhouses to block out the sunlight and control heat. Plants are watered with a drip type system at the roots.
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