<![CDATA[Burpee Community - ]]> http://www.burpee.com/community/discussion/683/rhubarb en-US Burpee //d1l316k04n1hna.cloudfront.net/static/images/burpee-favicon.png 16 16 Burpee http://www.burpee.com/community/ <![CDATA[Re: rhubarb]]> http://www.burpee.com/community/discussion/683/rhubarb?commentid=1987 What zone are you in? Rhubard prefers cool climates and does much better in the norther part of the country.  Also, you might consider doing a soil test in that area, as the pine trees might have caused the soil to become acidic.  That could be a great place to grow plants like blueberries or hydrangeas that prefer more acidic soil.  

As for the tomatoes, have you grown tomatoes in the same containers year after year? Do you change the soil completely each year? When the leave start to die, are they getting spotted and yellowing first?  My guess is that they have late blight, which usually starts to set in in July.  It kills off leaves from the bottom up, and lives in the soil year over year.  You can slow the spread by removing the affected leave at the first signs of blight.  You can also try spraying with a fungicide, but blight is tricky and hard to treat.  Next year, empty your containers and wash them with disinfectant.  Then fill them with new soil suitable for container gardening.  Always water your tomatoes at the soil level, and avoid soil splashing up onto the leaves as this can spread blight.  Do not put affected leaves or plants in your compost pile.

I don't think the birds are related.

http://www.burpee.com/community/discussion/683/rhubarb?commentid=1987 August 9, 2013