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Brown spots & caterpillars… any suggestion?


At first... ©copyright2014owpp

At first…
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This is the story of my tomato plants… it started beautifully but then things went awry.
One mishap after another gave me the idea of seeking out your help, of all the (much more experienced than me) gardeners I follow, see if there’s a preventive measure I can take for next summer’s batch concerning those big brown spots coming out of nowhere and if those caterpillars are any threat to the tomatoes besides munching on my leaves.

Any suggestion would be more than welcome!

They thrived... ©copyright2014owpp

They thrived…
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And I was so proud with the result! ©copyright2014owpp

And I was so proud with the result!
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Then,I noticed this ©copyright2014owpp

Then,I noticed this
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Which produced this :( ©copyright2014owpp

Which produced this 😦
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And just when I thought it was over my leaves started to look like this! ©copyright2014owpp

And just when I thought it was over my leaves started to look like this!
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The culprit... ©copyright2014owpp

The culprit…
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And a future one ;) ©copyright2014owpp

And a future one 😉
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Last but not least...all stretched out!!! ©copyright2014owpp

Last but not least…all stretched out!!!
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Oh! forgot to show you our tomato plants climbing no matter what :) ©copyright2014owpp

Oh! forgot to show you our tomato plants climbing no matter what 🙂
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My tomatoes are out!


My jewel! ©copyright2014owpp

My jewel!
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I have seven tomato plants in my balcony this year & finally have results! The tomatoes I thought would never come out, did just that!
Years of experience & mishaps have made this possible. My first plant was grown indoors & took nine months to give one tomato… you can check the link here https://oawritingspoemspaintings.wordpress.com/2012/12/22/my-self-grown-tomato-2011/
This time round I was wiser & knew I had to look out for our “friends” the green flies which I have been doing & removing nearly every day.
I was so crazy over the sight of these beauties that I took close ups of each tomato in order to be able to share our hard earned miracles with all of you!
Posted bellow are the photos from beginning to end.
I hope you’ll enjoy the process 🙂

P.S

In my last photo you can see my only surviving squash out of many shoots, my onions that had been forgotten & had germinated in the kitchen (!) carrots that I tried to grow from carrot tops (YouTube advice) but that just died 😦 a few green pepper plants & on the extreme left a plant that people wanted to throw out that I rescued…

How it all started... a small plastic box! ©copyright2014owpp

How it all started… a small plastic box!
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Growing in the kitchen in October! ©copyright2014owpp

Growing in the kitchen in October!
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A lot of care... ©copyright2014owpp

A lot of care…
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And... voila! ©copyright2014owpp

And… voila!
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After many flowers & beyond my wildest imagination! ©copyright2014owpp

After many flowers & beyond my wildest imagination!
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Isn't this quite a sight!? ©copyright2014owpp

Isn’t this quite a sight!?
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So very proud ;) ©copyright2014owpp

So very proud 😉
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And of my "garden" ©copyright2014owpp

And of my “garden”
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