blasted blight

August 15, 2009 at 8:07 am 10 comments

They say a picture speaks a thousand words.
Some words speak a thousand thoughts.  Like gutted.

Tomato blight - second stage close up

Tomato blight - leaf pile

lost:  46 lovely tomato plants.  RIP

First fruits just one week before the blight hit.  Tomatoes - just 1 week before blight hit

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10 Comments Add your own

  • 1. mangocheeks  |  August 15, 2009 at 10:00 am

    Oh Nic,
    I am so sorry read this. I really, really feel for you – all that tender love and care to be beaten by the blight.

  • 2. reapwhatyougrow  |  August 15, 2009 at 10:23 am

    : (

    So sorry that you have suffered tomato blight, seeing all that potential come to nothing. I think there’s something in all us allotmenteers that hates to see waste, which makes it heartbreaking to throw stuff away.

    The only consolation is that each year there is a different affliction, and different plants do well. For every blight, there is a crop that does surprisingly well in that particular summer.

  • 4. mangocheeks  |  August 16, 2009 at 12:31 pm

    I am guessing these were grown outdoors. We have been fortunate with our toms, perhaps because they were grown indoors. Maybe…

    My fingers and toes are crossed for your thriving beans.

  • 5. Nip it in the bud  |  August 16, 2009 at 4:27 pm

    I’d love a greenhouse at the plot but there’s been a few incidents of vandalism (you’ve seen my shed!) and George has banned glass from the plot for it’s potentially nasty shards, mud and knees combination (and our yard is too small). Ingenius plans for how to grow tomatoes indoors outdoors in other ways gratefully received ;o

  • 6. Robin  |  August 17, 2009 at 9:03 am

    I think if you’re really serious about avoiding blight on your tomatoes out on the plot then you’ll have to consider…spraying :0
    Bordeaux Mixture or some such fungicide – bit of a pain though as it means regular treatment through the growing season just in case it’s a warm, damp Summer.

  • 7. Nip it in the bud  |  August 20, 2009 at 8:38 pm

    food for thought Robin – i think I’ll try a blight resistant variety next year before resorting to spraying as well as a few in my mini greenhouse. It’s been empty since I brought the seedlings on in it anyway. Hope to see you on Saturday

  • 8. Gill Carson  |  August 26, 2009 at 9:41 am

    Please don’t spray – Bordeaux Mixture is not organic. Try the blight resistant variety Ferline. My Tomatoes are all cropping this year despite having lots of rain here. I’d recommend it.

    • 9. Nip it in the bud  |  August 26, 2009 at 9:55 am

      thanks Gill, that’s what I’ll go for next year then. I don’t spray anything at the plot either and slug pellets are the only thing I have resorted to after the success of their covert mission to munch my legumes from inside out. Did you see my Ecover sloosing triumph story? ( ‘runner bean revival’)

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