Tomatoes grow, thrive, then wilt, turn yellow and die

by Jamie
(Orange, CA)

I had this issue w/ Tomatillos and now found it on my tomatoes.


My tomatoes grow, thrive, and then they wilt, turn yellow and die.
The stem splits open at the bottom and I say they are eggs, my husband says it's scale. Except the scale never turns opaque & it's all over the outside of the stem and inside the split itself. There are these little brown leaf-hopper like things that try to hide when you see them. Not many, just one or two. They're about an inch long, brown, and look like mini grasshoppers without the big head and big back legs.

I don't want to spray my garden w/ pesticides. I don't know what this little thing is but its killed two seasons of tomatillos and it's ruined two tomato plants. I swear it's the bug. The plants were healthy otherwise and wouldn't have split open on the stem.

Any ideas?

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SICK TOMATOES
by: ROY

THE PROBLEM IS THE SOIL, II'S WORN OUT. NPK TYPE FERTILIZERS WILL NOT BUILD SOIL AND PRODUCES WEAK PLANTS IN GARDENS WHICH INVITE DISEASES AND PESTS...
I SUGGEST YOU BUILD YOUR SOIL...STARTING WITH COMPOST...YOU WANT ALIVE SOIL FULL OF MICROBES AND EARTHWORMS...IF THIS SOUNDS GOOD TO YOU, INTERNET SEARCH 1. ROCK DUST 2. BIOCHAR 3. MYCORRHIZA
4. HUGELKULTUR 5. MULCH ....TO BEGIN WITH, YOU WILL NEED LITTLE ORGANIC FERTILIZER, FISH, KELP, MOLASSES
ETC...YOU WILL USE LESS WATER ALSO....6. USE RAINWATER OR LET WATER SIT 24 HOURS IN OPEN CONTAINER, FIGURE A WAY TO GET WATER DEEP INTO GROUND SUCH AS BURY A 3 IN DRAIN PIPE 18 IN GROUND AND WATER ROOTS REAL GOOD...

MY NAME IS ROY, JUST WANT HELP GARDENERS: butchfomby@yahoo.com LET ME KNOW IF I CAN HELP..

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