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August 11, 2009

No one is safe from tomato blight -- not even Martha


martha stewart tomato blight


I suppose it's a certain type of person who finds glee in this sort of situation, but ... Martha Stewart got tomato blight.

The uber perfectionist revealed on her blog that she's had problems with her tomato blight: In fact, 70 percent of her 50 different varieties of tomatoes have fallen to the fungus among us (Check out that scary tomato above!).

Maryland agriculture officials warned about the blight down here last month; Martha mentions the trouble that farmers and backyard gardeners have had up North, too. My tomatoes have miraculously appeared unscathed so far, but I imagine there's still time. Any other gardeners battling the blight?

(And, Martha, if you're actually reading this, I apologize for the glee. I'm actually quite glad to see that you posted your tales of woe (and your scary photo gallery). It shows you're human like the rest of us.)

Posted by Maryann James at 1:27 PM | | Comments (4)
Categories: Vegetable gardening


The deer never gave my tomatoes a chance to get blight.

Oh Reggie. You are funny!

You have lost the copy editors, haven't you? I think your headline is SUPPOSED to say "No One". really. Look it up.


1. Common misspelling of no one.

Summer, as a former copy editor, you caught me with egg on my face.

Unfortunately, we don't have as many eyes watching as we used to. (And sometimes we have former copy editors who don't heed other people's warnings. :-D)

Thanks for the catch.

bought Martha,s tomato seeds,had 32 plants and they were beautiful.I planted 5 and gave 28 to 4 of my gardening friends.they all grew up nicely but started getting complaints about the leaves turning brown as were mine.I am now in the doghouse because they say the plaNTS HAve contaminated the other tomato plants and have died.One said on his 6 plants I gave him only 2 had any tomatoes..What is up?

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About Susan Reimer
Susan Reimer has spent 16 years writing about raising kids - among other topics - in her column for The Baltimore Sun. And every time son Joseph or daughter Jessie passed another milestone - driver's license, college, wedding or a move to a new military duty station - she has planted another garden. Now she will be writing about those gardens - and yours - here on Garden Variety.

Susan isn't an expert gardener, but she wasn't an expert mother, either. Both - the kids and the gardens - seem to be doing well in spite of her.

She lives in Annapolis with her husband, Gary Mihoces, who loves to cut his grass but has noticed that there seems to be less of it every time the kids pass another milestone.

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