- Remove the bottom leaves to make soil splash more difficult
- Add mulch beneath them
- Prune out heavy interior growth to make spaces for air circulation
- Remove most of the suckers
- Decide how many main growth stems you want
- Stake the plants
I removed all my lettuces. I had to Sevin Dust specific plants. I dusted the stems of all my squash and zucchini. The squash bugs will come... they always come and bore into the stems.
Prevention is the key for June. I also resprayed my tomatoes with sulfur. I think it makes my leaves thick and leathery. I gave them an aspirin bath. Or maybe the aspirin makes them leathery. And finally the tomatoes got some mild liquid fertilizer. The bucket tomatoes will need regular liquid fertilizer. They will drain the nutrients from the soil.