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"I thought I chopped your fingers off!"
Written by Lex Case 
Let me tell you a quick story…

The other day my 5 year old son (probably the busiest but sweetest kid you will ever meet) excitedly ran past me on his way out the door.
He paused just long enough to say “See you later Dad! I’m going to Grandma’s house!”

“Awesome dude!” I said, “Have fun!” and as I could see he was about to slam the door behind him I reached out and quickly added “but don’t slam the….” SLAM!

I smiled, sighed and shook my head.

He was moving so it took him a minute as I watched him through the window, but he got himself stopped and he turned around with a worried look on his face.

He ran back to the door as fast as he could opened it and when he saw me his worry turned into a laugh and a giggle and he said “Oh… I thought I chopped your fingers off!”

He kept laughing as he closed the door (more quietly this time) and ran off again.

I was touched at his concern and very amused as it turned into relief when he saw that he hadn’t chopped my fingers off.

So what does this have to do with tomatoes? Nothing, but it was a good story right?

Just kidding! If you are like me, the concern for my well-being I saw in my 5 year old’s eyes is the same concern (although probably to a lesser degree) you have for the wellbeing of your tomato plants.

You plant them from seeds, water them, add compost, weed around them etc. You really develop a relationship with them.

Then when you see yellowing leaves, or black spots, or blight starting to develop you get that sinking feeling that best case their production will be hampered and worst case they might even die altogether!

Today I want to talk about your tomato leaves turning yellow and what you can do about it.

There are a number of reasons why the leaves on your tomato plant might start to turn yellow. Here are some of the most common:

1) Lack of Nitrogen: Tomatoes like all plant need nitrogen to grow and thrive. When your tomato plants don’t have enough their leaves will start to turn yellow. You can find a test kit like this one on They are inexpensive and a great way to test for the three plant macronutrients. 
2) Disease: Tomato Diseases such as blight can also cause tomato leaves to turn yellow. Following the tips my Free Tomato Disease checklist can help to prevent blight and other diseases from happening. If you don’t have one you can get a copy here

3) Lack of Water: Before you try anything else, check around the base of your plants to see if the soil is moist. Yellow leaves caused by a lack of water is the easiest cause to fix.. Just add water. If you want a longer term solution to watering (and disease and nitrogen) check out this video I posted on Facebook:

As always the very best protection against yellowing leaves, browning leaves, spotting leaves and so on, is to make sure your soil is right.

The fastest, easiest, most affordable way to do that is Terra Fresh Home and Garden. You can learn more and get some of your very own here!

I hope you have a beautiful evening and we’ll talk to you soon!
Lex (the tomato guy)

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About Author: Lex Case

Lex Case is a Co-Founder of Terra Fresh and head of Terra Fresh Home and Garden.
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