I was so hoping that perhaps a little miracle would have happened during the night. Or that perhaps the tomato plant was going to hold on long enough for the tomatoes to ripen. But in my heart I knew better; sure enough the Cherokee Purple had bitten the dust.
|This is the only sign of disease on the entire plant|
So out came the clippers and I removed my 2nd plant in two days. I disinfected the clippers, got new gloves, cleaned my shoes and sprayed everything else with copper.
|Totally clogged up vascular system|
Following Jon’s comments (see previous post), it looks like it is Southern Blight. It says plants only get infected during the hottest part of the summer.What is “hottest”? Above 90F above 80F. I need to look up how this pathogen works and how I can stop it. I guess I better spray the peppers as well.
|What could have been|
I must confess, in an act of desperation, I went to our local gardening center and got three of their healthiest looking, left over tomato plants. In theory, they should still be able to produce tomatoes before our first frost (Oct. 18). If nothing else, this will be an interesting experiment.
What does this all mean for next year? Well clearly, this particular bed is going to be off limits for tomato and potato plants for quite some time to come. Does this mean I need to plant not 1, but 2 plants of each variety that I want to grow? Do I need to plant two separate patches, far away from each other. I am not sure I have room for all this.
I would love some advice of people who may have been in a similar situation!!!