Last year I had beautiful tomatoes until I got the blight. I talked to a gal from Cornell Univ ag dept and was told that I could harvest and set the green tomatoes out to ripen. Cut out the bad parts and eat/freeze the rest. She said that everything the blighted plants touched had to be disinfected with a clorox and water solution. I think it was one cup to one gal of water.That means all the stakes,cages,fencing,pruners,clippers,
The one question I didn't ask... I grew some heirloom/heritage seeds from an Amish pink tomato which also got the blight. I saved the seeds from those tomatoes. Can I grow tomatoes from those seeds? Do the seeds carry the blight? I know the leaves and stems do. BTW -Do not compost or till into the garden those contaminated leaves or stems or you will just spread the problem.
The blight hit many of us. I use only Heirloom seeds as well. I'm going to plant my blighted seeds and hope for the best.
Had the southern wilt terrible in 2007, only lost 2 plants in 2008, None in 2009. Straw bales saved me. I also planted Amelia and Crista varieties which have been bred to be virus resistant. I'm getting my raised beds ready for new bales, it will be planting time before we know it!
I would not use the seeds to start your new
crop. There is a very good chance they carry
the same virus the parents did. Start with
fresh seed. You are taking a big chance
using seed from plants that were known to
be infected. The cost of seed is small in
comparison to buying tomatoes all summer.
Ordered new heirloom seeds, hope they don't take forever to get here like it has been the previous years.