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we have the late blight

July 26, 2009

crap.
It seems like just one plant out of eight, which is cut down, bagged, and trashed. I’m fighting leaf spot on other plants though, so inspecting accurately might be hard. And guess what? It’s raining again. If this is Year Two without decent (or without!) tomatoes, well, I guess I’ll be going to the farmer’s market.


Thanks to Craig, Kris, and others who posted about this so I knew enough to act quickly.
More resources below:
Late Blight FAQs
Cornell’s late blight blog
Cornell disease sample info and fact sheet

4 Comments leave one →
  1. July 27, 2009 7:25 am

    Noooooooooo!! Ack. So sorry.

  2. July 27, 2009 2:03 pm

    bummer dude. i did my best to avoid early and late blight around here – ended up pruning off any foliage that was too close to the ground or growing into the center of the plant, if only to increase air circulation. seems to have done the trick, but then again, we haven’t had the moisture situation you’ve had either… so, can’t say we’ve had many tomatoes either… oh the things we do…

    • July 27, 2009 7:17 pm

      Well I didn’t take it seriously enough maybe. We’re trying the “stake and weave” method, so I’d pruned to 2 or at most 3 leaders. Maybe still too many. Found it while making the latest weave. But I wasn’t gonna preemptively spray fungicide, even copper. We had a huge storm in the middle of the night that brought wind and dumped a half inch of rain. At least the next few days are supposed to be hot if still thunderstormy. I wonder how hot hot needs to be to kill the blight? Cause 85 ain’t hot. Sorry you didn’t get many tomatoes. Maybe a fall crop is in order?

  3. Kylie permalink
    July 31, 2009 11:54 am

    Eek! My little pots of tomatoes have got it too! No no no no no! Mine’s all over the place unfortunately. Going to lose all four, (big beautiful and leafy,) plants. So sad. My first gardening problem. Thanks for posting on this.

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