Early blight, late blight, fire blight... there are many different types affecting many different plants. Blight travels through the air, and it thrives under windy, damp and/or humid conditions - exactly the kind of weather we have been experiencing here in Southeastern Saskatchewan. Apparently, the spores do not survive the frost, so that means that each year it is brought to us on the air currents of somewhere else.
Last week, I was in denial when I saw the curled up leaves. This morning I had a good cry - the signs can no longer be ignored: 60+ tomato plants and all of them are infected with blight. I started every one of them from seed back in March. It is such a sad, sad thing to know that this huge bounty of fruit will end up in the garbage unless I can find a natural remedy to save them.
My mother-in-law tells me that they never used to have problems with blight here. Growing enough food was as simple as throwing seeds in the ground. Today, gardening has become challenging. Many people tell me they have simply stopped trying to grow tomatoes. Growing tomatoes in a greenhouse seems to be the only surefire way to avoid blight. Maybe Santa will find me an acreage with a greenhouse next year...
Aside from the blight, which we suspect has also affected our fruit trees, the rest of our garden is growing. Here is how our garden is growing this week (you can check out last week here):
The summer's first taste of raspberries!
Our first bowl of snow peas!
strawberries, which will produce a harvest two to three times a
year, but just enough for a bowl every day.
How are things in your garden this week?