POSTED: Tuesday, July 30, 2013 - 6:46pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, July 30, 2013 - 6:47pm
(KETK) - Tyler Tx — Bugs... Cracks or splits... Underdevelopment... Shriveling... Black, sunken spots... Holes in your leaves.
These are just a few of the bad things that can happen to your tomatoes in the summer.
But, don't fret.
There is an easy ways to tackle each issue.
First, cage your tomatoes to keep them off the ground away from bugs and infections.
Second, make sure your soil is good to avoid the lack of calcium causing deterioration.
Third, look for any caterpillars hanging from your tomato vine and pick them off.
And lastly, "please everybody wash your vegetables it doesn't matter what it is," said Ashley Pellerin, Prairie Extension Agent. "You know, fresh is good but you want to make sure that what you're taking in is just the vegetable itself and not anything that can harm you."
And if you haven't planted your tomatoes yet, you need to do so immediately.
Texas Agrilife Extension says August 1 is the last day to get your seed into the ground.