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8/27/09 7:45 A

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I lost 1/2 my tomato plants and the rest aren't looking so good. I've been enjoying the few I've been getting, though. Last night we had BLT's and they were soooo good. I won't be able to make any sauce, though. I was going to buy some from our farmer's market, but they wanted $2.60 a piece for them!! I don't think so...but I may drive a little outside our area to seek them out. My mother said she found a bushel for $2 just west of here. But..with the cost of gas, I'm still not sure it's worth it unless we just happen to be going that way. Well..if this is the worse thing that happens in my life the rest of the year, won't it be GREAT??? lol. emoticon

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8/15/09 9:54 A

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I went into this first summer of gardening in Tennessee thinking that the garden would remain in great condition til Sept. But it really does start to give out in Aug. But after 44 qts of beans in the freezer plus what we ate, tons of dehydrated squash plus what we ate, carrots, beets, melons, tomatos, peppers, maybe the poor thing needs a rest!!

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8/15/09 3:39 A

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Garden is running down for the summer. Is looking to the fall crops soon..More lettuce.

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8/14/09 9:03 A

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My tomato plants are still reasonably healthy and productive. But I am loosing alot of tomatos to unknown and unseen bug damage. And a number of tomatoes are lying on the ground and all of those are rotting as soon as they even turn the tinyest bit pink. Next year we will be using a totally different staking method, still to be determined. But we did plant enough different plants and varities to still be harvesting enough for our use and are freezing salsa and soon tomatoes will be canned. So I guess all is right with the world

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8/14/09 6:38 A

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As of the last few days, some of my tomato plants are not looking so good..we have had more rain. My brandywines are not producing as it is and now I think they have blight. I'm going to take them out today and hopefully save the rest.

On the bright side, this is the first year in many that I've had cucumbers and summer squashes. I'm enjoying them so much! And my yukon gold potatoes are doing well, too. I didn't think home-grown potatoes would be much different tasting, but they are GREAT!!

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8/12/09 1:58 A

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My tomatoes are looking good right now

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8/11/09 9:05 A

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This is something I have read over and over and plan to try next year. You only allow chickens into the garden about an hour before dark. They are very focused on just eating bugs and not plants. Then they are easy to get back to the coop cause they want in there before it is really really dark.

My DH and I have been discussing the possibility of doing guineas instead of chickens. They pick at the plants alot less than chickens I have also been told. And you can eat the eggs. I still would love to have silkies or another pretty chicken variety but may have to wait until we try out the guineas

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8/11/09 2:26 A

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We have chickens but they are not allowed in the garden area as they would eat our harvest...lol...

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8/10/09 8:05 A

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The best time to hand pick bugs are early in the day or late when it is cool. I hand pick japanese beetles all the time and it does sound like that is what you have all right.

Next year we are for sure going to get chickens or guineas to help combat the bug issues. Without so many bugs we would be hauling in twice as much harvest.

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8/10/09 1:31 A

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My tomatoes are doing ok, a few brown leaves at the bottom but still producing fruit. Still green and I think I might have combatted those stupid tomato horn worms...Gardening can be hard sometimes, and easy at other times

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8/9/09 5:44 P

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The purple iridescent beetle might be a Japanese beetle. I think there's another thread here about them. And they were the "question of the week" a couple of times at least on "You Bet Your Garden" so you can search the transcript archives at gardensalive.com. Two big hints: no baited traps since they attract more beetles, and milky spore works fine, albeit slowly on the grubs that are the precursors of the lovely but ravenous critters.

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8/9/09 4:22 P

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Thanks so much...I will contact my garden coordinator...everyone's tomatoes are a loss. I think we have to coordinate how we now remove our plants. I will learn what exactly the problem is. I don't want this next year! I had some beautiful heirlooms that were gifted to me. well there are always many learning lessons!!

There is also this purple irridescent beetle all over my lettuce and peas. Any ideas? Seems to nibble holes. There were about 30 on 1 plant this afternoon and they hopped before I could pluck them off!

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Darkorange, I hope everyone pulled and didn't compost their tomatoes, eggplant and potatoes (and related weeds) in your community garden. I'm not sure what the waiting period is--check the references in my first post in this thread. The 3 years is recommended for verticillium, which is doesn't seem is your problem (plus, selecting verticillium resistent varieties helps somewhat).

You might've had blossom end rot initially (it can affect green fruit), but that didn't kill the plants. Really seems like the late (irish potato) blight, which spread from the first plant in less than a week. It kills the entire plant, tomatoes and all, and quickly. Plus, if anyone thinks to leave an infected plant standing in the hopes of letting the existing fruit ripen--the fungus ripens first and spreads and kills more plants.

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8/9/09 3:56 P

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I'm in south-central WI and it is HORRORIFIC but I think localized!! I have 10 tomato plants in my community garden and every single one is nearly killed off now. The entire plants! It happend within a week. First was yellow-brown leaves on 1 then 4 then all. I can see where ground zero was - looks aweful. It had to have spread through the air.
I think I might have another issue though and that is blossom end rot BUT does that infect green unripend tomatoes?

So should this community garden not grow any tomatoes (eggplant and potatoes) for 3 years as someone pointed out?

It was just so sad to see all my effort and excitement of beautiful plants unravel so quickly!!

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8/6/09 9:07 P

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I just took a look at the article you posted below, it sounds and looks like the verticillium, and it isn't killing the whole plant just the bottom leaves.It is still producing just not like it was

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8/5/09 9:23 A

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No. Blossom-end rot is common and won't kill the plants (caused by watering problems and/or calcium shortage). Tomato blight is the same disease as caused the irish potato famine. It kills entire plants, and fairly quickly. It also spreads like wildfire through the air. You might want to take a look at the link in my earlier post. Another disease that's common in tomatoes is verticillium (sp?) That kills bottom leaves and reduces yields, but doesn't kill the plants. That's the reason why some gardeners on this thread are mentioning changing the locations they grow their tomatoes, for it takes 3 years solanacae-free (no eggplants or taters either) to kill that bugger. But again, the tomato blight is much nastier and requires pulling up and NOT COMPOSTING infected plants.

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8/5/09 12:50 A

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Is tomato blight the same thing as tomato rot? I am noticing a lot of dead and dying leave sections of my tomatoes and not sure what it is. Is this blight? And if so what causes it? I thought my tomatoes would go a little longer but they are pretty much done. I am still getting a lot of the cherry tomatoes just not the roma's or the big ones

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8/4/09 9:13 A

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Tomatoes still doing well. 1 of my honeydew melon vines just died in a matter of hours tho. From some viral wilt or another. Oh well, the banana melons are over producing.

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8/4/09 1:49 A

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Well now I missed something along the way. Don't compost what? The tomatoes with rot or something else? WE plant our tomatoes in different beds each time. We rotate crops every year so hopefully nothing that we grew this year will be in the same beds except for the strawberries and the artichokes and the asparagus

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Yikes! I haven't experienced this yet, but I will be on the look out. Thanks for all the great tips (including the "don't compost them" tip and the reminder to not plant tomatoes in the same spots in consecutive years--I forgot about this and put mine in the same spot this year (year 2), but will be sure to change things up next year.

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8/2/09 1:24 A

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We were having the bottom rot problem and someone here told me to try Lime, and we did and it seems to be helping. We just spread a little lime down around the bottom. Less rot now. Although the heat is playing havoc...

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8/1/09 2:22 P

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No blight in south central Tenneessee so far. But all of my tomatoes are cracking. We have had some real erratic weather but I am also wondering if there is not some nutrient deficiency going on also. Anybody got any ideas?

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8/1/09 2:19 A

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We started ours from seed and they still look great.
I think that they are having a heat problem right now but the weather wasn't as hot the last couple of days


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7/29/09 9:45 P

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I grew these from seed- no mass market plants here, but they say it is so contagious it is being spread by the wind. I'm resigning myself to no tomatoes this year. My mom lost hers to early blight (in VT) and my MIL lost hers to the same thing mine have (in PA). I had offered them both some of mine since my plants looked soooooo good. Not a good year for tomatoes in the northeast this year. I'm going to plant in pots next year to be extra cautious about infecting them.

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7/29/09 3:56 P

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What a shame. I'm out west, but the plants I bought at the health food store are doing great. The one from Home Depot is pitiful in comparison.

Remember, nobody can go back to the very beginning and make a brand new start, but anyone can start here and make a brand new end.

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I haven't lost any tomatoes, but I only bought one at a big-box store this spring. Apparently, many of the plant suppliers for big box stores in the northeast and mid-Atlantic unwittingly shipped infected plants. The real nastiness is that the blight can spread to weed solanacie, which'll make it on ongoing problem. Here's a link to a transcript of Mike McGrath's radio show about the blight, where he interviewed a Cornell University plant pathologist. They also make a suggestion for prevention/medication, although once the blight hits, the plant's a goner in a week or 2--and the spores spread via wind to other plants. www.gardensalive.com/article.asp?ai=
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BTW, the podcast's also available, but you'll have to scroll down through whyy.org (phila public radio) and Mike's program, You Bet Your Garden, and the archive from 2 weeks ago.

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What a shame! I'm so sorry to hear that.

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I'm not sure where you live, but there is a serious blight going around and it's a killer for sure. It is being compared to the Irish Potato famine. Here is some information for you:
plantclinic.cornell.edu/FactSheets/l
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I know of one local gardener so far who experienced this and he lost every tomato plant (100's of them). Me, my father, and father-in-law are still lucky and have not had it hit our plants.

I'm very sorry you lost them. I would be heart broken.

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That is really sad! Be sure to yank all of the plants, leaves and tomatoes and put them in the garbage not in your compost pile. I've never had a problem with this in any of my gardens in the midwest.





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7/28/09 11:00 P

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Last year I read that you should never plant tomatoes in the same spot for three years in a row to prevent blight. I moved mine to a different spot in the garden this year and so far no problems.

Remember, nobody can go back to the very beginning and make a brand new start, but anyone can start here and make a brand new end.

There's a difference between interest and commitment. When you're interested in doing something, you do it only when it's convenient. When you're committed to something, you accept no excuses; only results."

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Has anyone else lost their tomatoes to late blight this year? My plants were thriving until about a week ago. I noticed some black spots on the leaves and stems and now all of them are affected emoticon . I was hoping to get some tomatoes off of them anyway, but the fruit is affected now too. It looks like I'm going to have to pull them and get rid of them. A neighbor down the street lost all of hers too. I was hoping to freeze some homemade sauce this year, but it looks like it's not meant to be. At least the rest of my garden is going strong.

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