Not so rosy results from this year’s tomatoes

Unfortunately we’re ending garden week on a low note. I was very optimistic about our tomatoes this year. We had beautiful big green tomatoes. I was just waiting for them to turn red and then I would be devouring my favourite tomato sandwiches.

Green tomatoes growing in the garden

From what I’ve heard from other gardeners in our area, tomato blight is pretty prolific this year. Many people have lost their crops.

I thought we were going to squeak through, but the blight has now hit us as well. It started with our Black Krim tomatoes–this year’s new variety. The plants died first. The stalks developed brown patches, then the leaves withered. And now the fruits themselves have started to shrivel, darken and fall off the plant–even as a few of them have tried to turn red.

Tomatoes afflicted by blight

Tomatoes afflicted by blight

I thought the blight might be limited to the Krims, but it’s now spreading to the Mountain Merit beefstakes and even our usually resilient cherry tomatoes.

Tomatoes afflicted by blight

To try and curb the blight for next year, I will be ripping out our plants and throwing them on the burn pile rather than composting as we usually do. And rotation is a must to ensure that next year’s tomatoes are away from the blight.

I did stock up for my tomato sandwiches, but I did it at the grocery store, rather than the garden. 😦

Have you had any blight issues this year? How have your tomatoes grown? What’s your favourite way to enjoy tomatoes?

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12 thoughts on “Not so rosy results from this year’s tomatoes

  1. What a shame! One thing I learned at a local farm this summer is that tomato blight can live in the soil for three years without food, I.e. tomatoes. Make sure you have at least a four year rotation before the tomatoes return to that spot.

  2. Well, that really stinks! Again, we had the opposite issue with our tomatoes. I have canned and canned and our vines are still full. My Cherokee Purple are the only ones that didn’t do as well as I had hoped. Do you have any farmer’s markets near you? You can’t go without any garden fresh tomatoes!

  3. Fresh sliced tomatoes, still warm from the garden, topped with a big helping of cole slaw! Probably my favorite side – especially with fried catfish (marinate in hot sauce then cover in cornmeal before frying in a bit of oil).

  4. What a shame. it is soul destroying when something like blight hits.

    I lost my first ever home grown crop of cucumbers to a fungus a few years ago – healthy, prolific crop to fungus ridden in just a few days. Had to rip out the whole lot, even the ones that looked to be still okay 😦

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