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i had to destroy all my tomato plants this year because of blight. My question is, as I bought a lot of high quality compost to grow them in, do I now have to throw it all away, can I disinfect it ,can I use it on flower beds as a mulch? Syd

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  • Posted: Sat. 15th September 2007 17:14

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Reply from Palustris Catz

You can use the compost as a mulch on anything other than Tomatoes, potatoes or Solanum crispum in its various forms like Glasnevein etc. The spores from blight are persistent in the soil.
Next year do as we do to help reduce the blight, do not allow any water to splash up from the soil onto the lower leaves. If necessary remove the bottom leaves as the plant grows. This is a bit hard with bush tomatoes, but there if you are really bothered you can grow them through plastic laid on top of the soil and water using pipes pushed into the soil.

  • Posted: Sat. 15th September 2007 18:12