why i pull out every self-sown tomato, or else

AFTER PULLING THE FIRST FEW VOLUNTEER TOMATO seedlings just now, I thought I’d better come indoors and remind you to do the same as they occur in your garden. I know, it’s always hard to uproot “free” babies like this. I feel the pain, too. But self-sown tomatoes can carry with them the stuff of certain diseases. Out, out, damn tomato! Here’s the whole scoop, remember? (Or browse my whole topic archive about tomatoes, if you need another kind of advice.)

  1. Charlotte says:

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    Margaret this is a way of helping . Maybe your readers would like to help.
    Thank you.

  2. Thank you for this reminder. I clicked to the other post and realized that I have 2 volunteer potatoes from last year.

    It never occurred to me that they could be a problem. Now I will go dig them up and put them on the compost pile.

    Again, I thank you. And my tomato eating husband thanks you.

  3. elaine clark says:

    We have always kept our self sow tomatoes form the wind and the birds. We have gotten a lot of great cherry and grape tomatoes form them, the free- bees Also the self sewn ones lasted way into the Fall and seemed to be stronger then the others. I am going to keep my free gifts…… We didn’t grow our own last year and we had lots of tomatoes growing in pots and on the grown in between the flowers. I have a totally organic garden no chemicals and they might have come form the compost pile too.

    1. Margaret says:

      Hi, Elaine. I pull them “just in case” but sounds like you get a good extra bounty from yours! Good to hear. Hope to see you again soon.

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