Friday, February 21, 2014

My Tomatoes' Journey: Oh no, Mold! (Part 4)

The white fuzz (aka mold) is in the lower right corner.
The brown substance is cinnamon.
I've experienced my first set-back in this tomato journey, and I'm only 9 days into it. Ugh. I noticed a very faint layer of white fuzz on the top of my soil. I presume this is mold. I'm devastated. I believe that the mold started because of the increased humidity in my area this week as well as overwatering. In everything I've read, I was reminded, encouraged, and warned not to overwater. Apparently the message didn't sink in enough. 

So now what am I suppose to do? Well, I did what any other person would do in this day and age...I googled it. Here are a few things I found that may help:

  • Stop watering and/or remove your plants from the tray with the water in it. (I dried up any excess water in the bottom of the tray. Check.)
  • Circulate the air. (I turned on the ceiling fans. Check.)
  • Remove as much mold as possible. (Check.)
  • Sprinkle cinnamon on the soil. Apparently something in cinnamon acts as a fungicide. There are cinnamon sprays and cinnamon oils out there, but I only have dried cinnamon in my cupboard. So, that's what I'm using. (I'm a little skeptical of this, but I'm willing to give it a shot. Soil has been sprinkled. Check.)
I plan on starting a new round of seeds this weekend. I had originally intended to do this for a couple reasons. First, I want to stagger my plants to ensure a longer harvest season. Secondly, I can apply what I learn from the first round to the second round. And finally, just in case my first attempt fails, I still have a chance for redemption. 

If all else fails, I'm not ashamed to buy some tomato plants from the store. Or if things really go south, I'll have to settle for grocery store tomatoes yet again. Let's hope things improve. 

Check out my other posts on My Tomatoes' Journey.