Your tomato plants are tall and green; you’ve taken the time to carefully stake or cage them to support their growth. Right now they are loaded with tons of green tomatoes, and some of them are just starting to blush red. And then three days later, it all goes horribly wrong.
If you have been seeing small flies or gnats in your kitchen, they’re probably fruit flies. In the high heat of summer, with a bounty of fresh summer produce in your kitchen, fruit flies can quickly become pesky invaders because they are attracted to ripened or fermenting fruits and vegetables.
Here’s how to get rid of fruit flies naturally and effectively.
Just as the weather starts to warm up for the summer, fungi, blights and other plant diseases can take hold in your garden and quickly wipe out your crops. This is especially true in parts of the country that are humid, since moist air contributes to the spread of many garden ailments.
Your first and best line of defense against all garden diseases is proper cultivation habits.
Late winter and early spring is when most gardeners start seedlings indoors and get the gardening season underway. Growing your own garden plants from seed is highly rewarding and can allow you to enjoy unique or heirloom species that are not found in garden centers.
However, fungus gnats and damping-off can stymie even the most seasoned gardeners and seriously affect the success of growing seedlings. But before you spend money on expensive chemicals, the solution to these problems is much safer and cheaper than you would expect.