No tornadoes here at the garden spot, but we did have some strong winds that knocked over most of the Early Girl Tomatoes in the garden:
The tomato cages bent right over. We propped them up, pounded in additional stakes, and secured them as well as we could. It’s not pretty, but it will serve for now:
So far, there were only minor casualties. Only a few stems were damaged and trimmed off and about a dozen green tomatoes were lost. The tomatoes in the Square Foot Gardens (SFG) and in the Self Watering Containers (SWC) are fine.
San-Marzano Tomatoes in the SFG:
Roma Tomatoes in SWC:
Bush Boy Tomatoes in SWC:
If I decide to grow tomatoes again next year, I will have to plan on a more secure support structure for those grown in the ground.
Wait, did I say “if?”
Well, it seems that Late Blight is creeping its way through the area once again. Earlier this week, MOFGA reported that Late Blight was confirmed in Waldoboro, Maine. Since then, a fellow home gardener and blogger in my town has also discovered late blight on some of her tomatoes. Late Blight spores can travel on wind, I fear it may be only a matter of time. So now I wait and watch and try to hope for the best, but prepare myself for the worse.
Unlike last year, at least we will enjoy a few ripe tomatoes this year:
Info on Late Blight: