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End of season cleaning up, companion planting & other stuff

Laceys Spring, AL(Zone 7a)

I spent part of the afternoon pulling up the remains of this years' tomato plants, with the exception of a couple of plants with some Sun Sugars hanging on, bless their hearts, and a Better Boy I'm still picking some green and pinkish tomatoes from every few days.

#1 - I hosed down my Texas Tomato cages but wondered if you folks do anything else 'special' to your cages before stsoring them for the winter.

#2 - Next to my vegetable garden I have a cutting garden plus some perennials and herbs. I love zinnias, both for their late season color and the fact they re-seed themselves and I almost never have to re-plant anything, just re-locate some of the seedlings. But they are prone to fungal disease in our hot, humid south. I haven't seen anything that says tomatoes and zinnias are necessarily 'bad' companion plants but just wondered if the fungus on the zinnias, even though I try to keep them at least 10 feet apart is close enough to be affecting the tomatoes.

Would appreciate anyone's advice and experience on both counts. And feel free to hijack this thread afterward with your own questions/comments about tomato gardening.


Liberty Hill, TX(Zone 8a)

Have you had trouble with fungus on your tomato plants?

Laceys Spring, AL(Zone 7a)

Mostly late blight I think this year but I'm wondering if it was something else too that I haven't identified yet. I'm still trying to figure it out.

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