Growing Tomatoes * Blight * Heirloom Series * All Natural Anti-Fungal Spray

You planted, cared for and loved your tomatoes with hopes of a hearty harvest of juicy sweet tomatoes. You dreamed of thick slices of tomatoes a top a delicious garden fresh tomato sandwich to only find this....

The leaves of your tomato plants are turning yellow curling up and dying. What happened? What did you do wrong. Nothing really. Your tomatoes have blight. What is blight and how on earth did my tomato plants get it?!?

Blight is a fungus. It's pretty easy to get rid of but it's also pretty easy to spread. As soon as you see this yellowing and curling of the leaves follow these simple steps to cure your tomato plants of fungal blight.

  • When working with your plant with blight DO NOT touch any other plants before washing your hands
  • Cut (do not break) off all the dead and yellow leaves and tomatoes. These are the parts with blight. Not to worry if you are down to just a few leaves. At this point most of the plant's energy is going to growing your tasty tomatoes.
  • Throw away the contaminated parts in the trash or burn them. DO NOT put them in the compost pile.
  • Wash your hands and tools.
  • Make our Sweet and Simple Anti-fungal plant spray and spray all the leaves and plant down to the soil. 
  • To prevent more blight make sure your plants are not over crowded. Fungus likes dark and moist. 
  • Water from the bottom of the plant such as a drip line hose. 
  • Tomato plants like the soil to dry out a bit. DO NOT over water. 
Crisis diverted. Enjoy all those tasty Home Grown Tomatoes!

Sweet and Simple Anti-Fungal Plant Spray
Add all ingredients to quart canning jar. Add lid then shake vigorously to mix oils soap and water together. Pour into an all purpose spray bottle. Mist garden plats effected by fungus such a blight and dusty mildew to kill fungus. Use as needed as soon as possible to prevent the death by fungus. 
Having this all natural chemical free fungicide on hand is a must for the home gardener. 
Store in a cool dark place until needed again.

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Note: Sweet and Simple uses Spark Naturals pure essential oils because of the trusted quality and purity of the oils. Spark Naturals is a Sweet and Simple affiliate. 

Kung Pao Chicken with Zucchini * Food & Drink

Zucchini and garden fresh veggies are ready to harvest. One of our family favorite recipes in the summer is Kung Pao Chicken with fresh Zucchini. Enjoy!

Kung Pao Chicken with Zucchini
serves 4-6


  • 4 chicken breasts
  • 4 medium zucchini or other summer squash
  • 1 large white onion
  • 3 cloves garlic crushed
  • 1/2 teaspoon of crushed red pepper to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon 
  • 4 cups of cook rice
  • 1/2 cup of soy sauce
  • 1/2 rice vinegar
  • 1/2 brown sugar
  • 1 cup corn starch
  • 1/2 cup sesame seed oil
  • 1 teaspoon natural peanut butter
Chop chicken into bite size pieces. In a medium bowl add salt and corn starch. Toss chicken in corn starch. Add 1/4 cup sesame seed oil  to wok and stir fry. Set aside. Chop onion and zucchini into bite size pieces. Add 1/4 cup of sesame seed oil to wok. Stir fry onion, crushed garlic and zucchini until softened. In a medium mixing bowl mix rice vinegar, brown sugar, soy sauce, peanut butter and crushed red pepper. Add sauce to vegetables in the wok. Add chicken to wok. Stir fry together. Serve over cooked rice.