Saturday, August 22, 2009
blight is bad
Well, after several weeks of harvesting tomatoes from our backyard garden, we went out this morning and saw the tomato plants (which just yesterday had been beautiful, green, and healthy) looking quite, quite sad. Literally overnight, the majority of the leaves had browned and shriveled, and the plants looked like they might in November in a "regular" year - ready to say good-bye. Guessing this would be the arrival in our yard of the blight which has been plaguing farms and home gardens this year, and which so far our neighborhood had seemed to avoid. So, we pulled all the plants and bagged them for the trash (they can't go into the compost, as bagging them helps prevent the blight from spreading further) - and we brought in the tomatoes that were remaining "on the vine" in hopes that they'll ripen. It's a sad thing, to lose such an important part of the garden in an instant like this - but luckily there are area farmers who have tomato plants that are still blight-free and producing fruit. Looks like it's time to go to the farmers' market!!