How do I grow tomatoes without pesticides in Randwick, without them getting pests and diseases?

Another question I have: growing tomatoes in RANDWICK !! Last year I had 5 different tomato plants planted-I grew them from tomato seeds and very rpoud of it. I also planted marigold as companion plant hoping that marigold will keep fruitflyes away from my tomatos ? NO CHANCES !!! All tomatoes (except cherry tomatoes) got affected by one sort of desaeses/pest or the other. I have managed to harvest about 5 tomatos from these 5 plants !!! Such huge effort and futile...You see I am trying organic farming here in Randwick and try not to use chemicals. So now I can see its almost impossible for tomatos anyway

Asked by Alexander

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  • It's not easy to grow completely organic produce without any pesticides nowadays, thanks to all the pests which just lurk around and wait to destroy your vegetables. But there are a few completely organic pest control methods you can try, which are completely safe and non toxic. You can also try hiring a professional company to handle all your <a href="http://www.fantasticgardeningsydney.com.au/fertilising/">fertilising work</a>, which will save you time and energy. And if you want to take care of the garden pests by yourself, you can check out this article - <a href="http://www.no-dig-vegetablegarden.com/organic-garden-pest-control.html">http://www.no-dig-vegetablegarden.com/organic-garden-pest-control.html</a>. There are some useful tips on odours and other things which pests hate.

    Answered by Winston Walker
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  • It's not easy to grow completely organic produce without any pesticides nowadays, thanks to all the pests which just lurk around and wait to destroy your vegetables. But there are a few completely organic pest control methods you can try, which are completely safe and non toxic. You can also try hiring a professional company to handle all your <a href="http://www.fantasticgardeningsydney.com.au/fertilising/">fertilising work</a>, which will save you time and energy. And if you want to take care of the garden pests by yourself, you can check out this article - <a href="http://www.no-dig-vegetablegarden.com/organic-garden-pest-control.html">http://www.no-dig-vegetablegarden.com/organic-garden-pest-control.html</a>. There are some useful tips on odours and other things which pests hate.

    Answered by Winston Walker
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  • Hi Alexander,
    I am a community gardener who has tussled with this awesome adversary. Personally I have pretty much given up on larger tomatoes - as you mention, cherry tomatoes can be the most resilient.
    Along with tomato selection getting your pH right is also key - Check out this guide from SGA: http://www.sgaonline.org.au/tomatoes/ />And in our garden we have moved on to using exclusion netting - There is info. and a range of organic controls available here:
    https://www.greenharvest.com.au/PestControlOrganic/Information/FruitFlyControl.html
    Best of luck! & remember to rotate where your tomatoes are planted each year to avoid the build up of pests and diseases.

    Answered by David Winterton
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  • The links again:
    http://www.sgaonline.org.au/tomatoes/
    https://www.greenharvest.com.au/PestControlOrganic/Information/FruitFlyControl.html

    Answered by David Winterton
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