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Our tomatoes have the blight *again*! We got new dirt for our potted toms, and washed out the pots, but we didn’t use bleach or any other disinfectant, and I guess that was our mistake. Our beautiful tomatoes are infected again. We have two plants that are potted in entirely new pots, so we’re hoping that they don’t have it. But it could have jumped.

I was already getting excited for our 200-plus tomatoes and all of the meal planning and recipe research, and then, disappointment.

We are trying to chalk it up to learning, but when the grocery store tomatoes and even the farmers market tomatoes leave much to be desired, we are once again…..sad tomatoes.


2010 tomatoes

Originally uploaded by chifoodies

Our tomatoes are here! We ordered six heirloom plants from Seeds of Change this year. From left to right (variety in parenthesis), we have Goldie (yellow perfection), Xavier (marvel striped), Paul (Paul Robeson), Cal (red calabash), Tilda (German queen), and Malachi (Amish paste). We’re hoping for some fruit in late July. We can’t wait!

I am sad to report that all three of our tomato plants have the blight. I mentioned this to a colleague at work, and she knew immediately that we had purchased them at a big box store, and confirmed that she had heard this from other friends.

We’re sad.

So now I need to do a little more research to find out how to properly dispose of them, because I hear the fungus is really contagious. Do we need to throw out the dirt in the pots and start all over?
To be continued. Next year, for sure, we are growing from seed.

Sad Tomato

Originally uploaded by chifoodies

We are sad here at Sarah and Gillian’s Chicago Culinary Capers. Our tomatoes seem to be suffering from the blight that has been plaguing the east coast. Since we are new to gardening, we decided to get seedlings from a big box store at the advice of a friend. Everything looked great for the first few weeks, and we were really excited! We didn’t kill them! They were getting bigger and actually bearing fruit!

Sadly, we think that the seedlings were contaminated by the time we got them. I haven’t seen any news about the blight in the Midwest, but since we are growing them in pots I’m pretty certain that they’ve been infected all along. I was *so* looking forward to our first caprese salad from the garden. Alas, I think we’re going to have to get our tomatoes from the Green City Market.

We’ll try again next year, this time growing from seed.