August 11, 2009

The tomato blight in my garden

There's been a lot in the news lately about the tomato and potato crop in the northeastern part of the United States.  The problem is late blight, a plant disease that attacks those particular plants.  As many of you know, it was an especially cool and wet spring, with those same conditions stretching into summer.  Late blight is a fungus, which normally appears late in the summer.  However, conditions were quite favorable for this highly aggressive disease to thrive.  And thrive it did, as it spread throughout the Northeast in just a few days.  Late blight has been devastating to commercial farmers, many losing a large portion of their crop.  Backyard growers are suffering as well.  I, myself, have lost seventy percent of the fifty different varieties in my garden.  Even though I still have tomatoes on the vine, many of the beautiful heirloom varieties, which were planted, never had a chance.

Photos By Eliad Laskin