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Posted on 20 August 2009 by tomatocasual.com

Reader Question: Tomato Plants Dying

blight1By Vanessa Richins

Nicole writes:

” I NEED HELP!! I went out to my garden this morning everything was fine. Came home from work and my tomato plants took a turn for the worst. Almost every leaf on the plant turned yellow/brown with dark black spots. I had to cut them all off according to the internet. Some of the tomatoes had dark brown spots on them. There was also some mushrooms growing beneath the plant.

Connecticut has been having alot of rain and humidity this week. Also there is a tomato fungus in six of our counties. Does anyone know what type of fungus this is and what I can do to treat my plants? I had 9 plants that were producing beatiful tomatoes…I was so excited. I don’t think they are going to survive. : (  “

Hi Nicole. I am so sorry to hear that all of your tomatoes are having problems.

First, the fungus you are referring to is late blight (Phytophthora infestans). It’s really hit hard in the Northeast this year. Part of the problem is the weather conditions you described – rainy Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted on 05 December 2008 by tomatocasual.com

Waldingfield Food Company Producing Heirloom Tomato Sauces

By Vanessa Richins

The Waldingfield Farm in Washington, Connecticut, has seen a lot of crops since it was begun in the 1780s.

Since the late 1990s, the Horan brothers have been growing mainly tomatoes on this family farm.

This year’s crop was about 28,000 tomato plants, of 80 different heirloom varieties, though unfortunately yields were low due to blight and fungus from too much moisture.

Starting in 2006, the farm started making perishable products such as salad dressings and pesto.

Their main focus is producing a shelf stable heirloom tomato sauce. They experimented with many different kinds of Read the rest of this entry »

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