This is the first year in over 20 that the tomato crop failed.
In my area, I planted a hybrid variety, Grandeur, whose seeds I purchased from Twilley seed. This variety was listed as ‘high resistance’ to fusarium wilt, root know nematode, gray leaf spot, tomato mosiac virus and verticilium wilt. Well, they quickly turned yellow and died. (See previous posts also).
This main tomato patch consisted of tomato plants purchased from a locally owned nursery, so I don’t really know what type of tomatoes we were dealing with, but they died just like my supposedly resistant hybrids did.
The disease – whatever struck this year – started quickly with a yellowing of some of the leaves, like this:
This is a broader view, with some yellowed branches already turned brown and shriveled up:
A closeup of the previous picture:
The tomato patch is almost gone – to the left, where you see emptiness, was and should be crowded green tomato plants and branches filled with tomatoes. Not this year – unknown disease spread faster than the plants could produce tomatoes.
This is the first year that I haven’t canned tomatoes in 2 decades! I was only able to freeze a half-dozen or so quart bags. (I freeze tomatoes that aren’t good enough to can).