Thursday, August 6, 2009

The Plague

So remember that adorable little cherry tomato picture I posted the other day? I should have chewed it very slowly as it was the only tomato we'll be getting from the garden this year.

It started out innocently enough. Lots of rain, a few yellow leaves here and there.

Then came the spots. I knew it wasn't good.

Then the leaves went in a matter of one or two days. The green fruit was turning bad on the plants. They were gonners. I am thinking it is the dreaded late blight.

Taking no chances - all the plants were pulled, bagged, and set in the lower yard to prepare for disposal. I am sick about it. It's been a few days (and I have to admit a few tears later) and I am thinking it has spread to the potatoes. We are digging them up now as fast as we can.

It's been a rough week, between the garden and other things. I wasn't sure if I should post about it, but a dear friend reminded me that this is all a learning process. That it is!! I am in it for the long haul. Good, bad, or ugly... AND let me just tell you.. this is ONE UGLY blight.

22 comments:

dmoms said...

oh, that is so sad. Darn all that rain. I'd be glad to ship you some of my tomatoes - it is just that they are all green.

The Hip Homemaker said...

Oh no, oh no, oh no!!! I am shedding a few tears for you... I'm so sorry. I am heading off from work now, but I will send you an email soon to hear more about your week...hang in there!

June said...

Oh, NO! I am devastated for you. It is just such an ugly disease. You did the right thing, but it is hard, hard, hard to pull the plants and bag them. And now the potatoes too? A large swath of the country is going to suffer the same fate. I know the blight is just south of us. Daphne was afraid she had spotted it in her garden.

I've had the same kind of week (difficult, difficult), and I've struggled about what to include in the blog and what to leave out. I'm so glad you let us share this terrible sadness with you. Last year I lost almost everything to a hailstorm. If it wasn't actual grief, it was a darn close relative.

I'm so so sorry.

Bloom fine art fotografi said...

I'm so sorry, there is so much work that goes into gardening...gosh.
I am sure you are pretty sad right now.
I don't know too much about this...is this a disease or mother nature or both?
Is there really a preventative?

Arun said...

wow...its kool blog,,i jus love it the snaps are well pretty..

Jackie said...

I'm so sorry to hear about your tomatoes. This disease is so devastating. It just doesn't seem fair. Glad to hear you are not giving up hope for future gardens! Best wishes, Jackie

Michelle said...

I just have to say that I'm glad you are keeping your sense of humor..the comment about chewing it "very slowly" made me laugh...loud. You are funny...keep your chin up my friend...and it's OK to be sad. We put a lot of work and hope into these gardens...not to mention love! Next year..we're going to can some tomatoes! xo

Stephanie said...

Sorry about this. You are really working hard. I know! I hope that everything would be ok later :-)

Tessa at Blunders with shoots, blossoms 'n roots said...

Oh, bummer! Rain can be a stinker :(

Kelly said...

So sorry. It is one tough season for so many gardeners. I hope your potatoes will be OK for storage. Hang in there, it is so hard to be defeated so quickly after all the time put in to nurture these plants.

Sarah / Bee House Hives said...

Leigh, that stinks!
I had to pull quite a few potato plants earlier this year. I held out as well, waiting to see if things would turn around. Nope.
When you put so much work into something and then see it fail, that is hard. Thinking of you :)

P.S I started 57 tomatoes this spring. How many are in the garden? umm.. ZERO. Go ahead and laugh, I can now.. finally :)

Dee/reddirtramblings said...

Kathy at Cold Climate Gardening got hit with it too. She wrote about it on her blog. So very sorry.~~Dee

Nancy said...

oh, I'm so sorry. It's horrible to have raised the plants and raised your hopes..and now all are blighted. Hopefully you'll be able to save some of the potatoes.

Nancy said...

I know this is so disappointing. Hang in there, hon.

Kathy said...

Dee sent me here. It's true, the blight hit our garden, too. My husband had planted over 40 lbs of seed potatoes and maybe two dozen tomato plants. I was loving this cool summer until the blight hit.

gardenmama said...

Oh, I am so sorry to hear about your plants... and when you mentioned the potatoes as well... gulp.
It is true, gardening is always a learning process, these type of lessons hurt so much. The rain has affected many of our veggies too it really hurts after all the energy that goes into it and the hopes of food for now and into the winter... Thinking of you!

tara said...

oh sweet girl... i'm so sorry to hear about your tomatoes. but also thankful that you shared the story with us~ and may the weather cooperate and may blights be banished!

Carol said...

That is an ugly plague. You did the right thing pulling all the plants out and bagging them up for the trash. My garden is still "clean" here in Indiana, but they have confirmed blight a few counties to the north of me and a few counties south of me, so it might be just a matter time. Regardless, I think when I do pull my tomato plants, I'll put them in the trash, just as a precaution.

Patsy Bell said...

This is a great blog. I like your style. Sorry about the blight. Seems like this year most of my garden friends either have too much or not enough rain. Head to the farmers market, my friend.

underthebigbluesky said...

makes me so glad i'm not earning my living off my garden as some people do. can you imagine how devastating it would be to loose a huge crop!

i'm afraid though we're not blighted yet, the excessive rain is taking a toll on my little plot. my tomatoes just aren't the same.

all that hard work!

Lisa said...

Oh what a shame about the tomatoes. I just heard on an organic gardening radio program tht tomato plants from Bonnie plants bought at Home Depot and Lowes all were infected with blight. I don't know where you got your plants, but thought I would mention it.

Lisa

Flo said...

Poor you Beegirl, I had the same thing last year. I just about managed to make green tomato chutney out of some of the less affected ones but most of them had to be disposed of. But this year I have applied all I have learned and it seems to be working. I find that older heritage varieties are more blight resistant - and here July was the wttest one since the 1880s or something! Hang in there - we all have difficult times but luckily Mother Nature lets us start all over again in the spring :-)