Monday, August 31, 2009

A Fungus Among Us

Great. At least now I know what happened to our tomato plants this year:

Blight Devastates Pocono Tomato Crops

They were healthy and strong until the heat wave about 2 weeks ago. Now they're mostly dead, and look exactly like the photo in this article. I've even got a few tomatoes rotten and fuzzy still on the vine. We harvested maybe 15 tomatoes from 2 plants.

The article says it's due to infected seedlings - mostly grown for the "big" stores. Which is exactly where I got mine, from a certain large, home improvement center. However, it does state that this fungus can also be airborne.

Interestingly, the article also mentions this is the same fungus that destroyed the potato crops in Ireland during the famous "Potato Famine".