Re: [tomato] Yellowing leaves -- does EVERYONE have earlyblight?

Betsy Lasarow Tozzi (
Thu, 27 Jul 2000 19:38:16 -0800 (AKDT)

I'd actually think the red plastic mulch would help keep the soil splash
down -- certainly is reputed to be the case for IRT, clear, and planter's
paper mulches.  I'm under the impression you're using SRM-Red or Red
Tomato Booster red plastic sheeting.  The disadvantages I have heard of
for the red plasic are 1) that it allows weed growth underneath and 2) it
doesn't allow vapor/water passage.


On Thu, 27 Jul 2000, EDMUND C. FLYNN wrote:
> I agree that rain and hose water would splash off of plastic even
> farther than off of dirt .. perhaps the water that splashed would be
> less contaminated ? Or are you suggesting that if even a little dirt was
> on top of the plastic (and there always is) that would be enough to
> spread Early Blight (sort of the idea that there is no such thing as 'a
> little pregnant'?      Ed