Hey everybody! I'm a first time gardener in Oklahoma and have been lurking since winter.
I made two novice errors this spring being:
1) getting my plants in a little too late (tomatoes went in the first week in May)
2) not noticing the spider mites until they had about destroyed my beans and had infested my tomatoes (we don't have near the pests in Idaho where I'm used to gardening :) ).
About the time I noticed the spider mites, I noticed small white dots all over the tomato leaves (especially on the Magic Mountain). I thought maybe it was powdery mildew but it doesn't rub off. Not sure if it has anything to do with the spider mites. I've enclosed a few photos.
After doing a little research, I decided to try and spray the mites off. It has worked ok. Still losing some foliage, but I have noticed that the Celebrities especially are losing a lot of foliage that is just yellowing and then turning brown and wilting off. It is spreading up one of them fairly quickly. It starts with the tips of the leaves turning yellow. As it takes over the whole leaf, it travels down that leaf's stem and slowly takes over all the leaves on that stem until that whole side branch is yellow and wilted off. I have some photos of the yellow/brown foliage that I have removed.
So, I'm not sure if it is fungal...it doesn't look classic for early blight...at least to my eyes. Not sure if it is spider mites...haven't seen that many in celebrities. Could it be overwatering since we've been spraying the tomatoes down to get rid of the spider mites? The ground stays pretty moist since we've mulched it pretty good.
Just wondering if there's anything I can do to save my plants as they have a ton of unripened produce that I would probably already be enjoying had I got them in the ground a few weeks earlier. Anyway, let me know if you have any ideas.