How was your tomato crop this year? Was it good, bad or awful? Fall is a good time to evaluate your effort.Did you grow one of the standards or try anything new? Were you happy with the cultivar grown? If not, remember that next year and try a different one.Did you have the right fertility program? Did you have white, hard spots in your tomatoes? Were the fruits small, or did they fall off in the bloom stage? All of these problems are a results of your fertility program.Soil TestRemember, the soil test is one of the most important parts of tomato growing. You need to test a soil sample in November or early December.Did you have blossom-end rot? If you did, the calcium level from the soil test is critical. This problem results from inadequate calcium levels, along with water fluctuations.Speaking of water, fall is a good time, too, to get that drip irrigation you were going to put in the garden for next spring. Drip is the ecological way to save water. It will reduce the chances of some diseases, too, by keeping the foliage dry.Clean CagesAnd before you put up those tomato cages, spray them with a 15-percent bleach solution. That will prevent carrying over this year’s diseases.Finally, remember where you planted tomatoes this year. Next year, change places. That, too, will reduce chances for disease and insect buildup.To get a soil test kit, see your nearest county office of the University of Georgia Extension Service.
SEBEGAL began their Africa Cup of Nations campaign yesterday with victory over Tunisia in Group B.Tunisia almost took the lead in the opening two minutes, but Ahmed Akaichi’s header skimmed the post and he smashed a shot narrowly wide.In between, Senegal took the lead through Sadio Mane’s penalty after Cheikhou Kouyate had been hacked down.Kara Mbodj powerfully headed in a second, and almost scored an own goal when his clearance struck the post.Tunisia were guilty of missing plenty of chances, in particular Youssef Msakni, who headed wide from two yards out and shot straight at Abdoulaye Diallo in the second half.Victory for Aliou Cisse’s side means they top their group after Algeria’s surprising 2-2 draw against Zimbabwe.Senegal’s year?Tunisia have won the tournament once, in 2004, but Senegal have never lifted the crown. Their best performance came in 2002 when they lost on penalties to Cameroon.This year could be a different story with a side containing Napoli centre-back Kalidou Koulibaly, West Ham’s Kouyate and Everton’s Idrissa Gueye in midfielder, as well as Liverpool’s Mane.Africa’s most expensive player – following his £34m move from Southampton to the Reds in the summer – caused the Tunisian backline problems with his pace and coolly tucked his spot-kick into the left corner.Senegal could have had another, but Ismaila Sarr’s cross came back off the bar in the second half.(BBC Sport)