With all of the rain we had this spring, it was bound to happen--my tomatoes have a blight. But it is not a death sentence--the Master Gardeners at the Clarendon Farmers' Market took a look at my clippings and just recommended removing the affected leaves and using mulch to prevent soil from splashing the leaves. That was a relief, as I keep reading about a different blight, late blight (of Irish Potato Famine infamy) affecting tomatoes.
But with the good news comes bad--I refused to pull my first tomato before it was fully ripe. But the bird did not wait:
Another disappointment has been my carrots, which were mostly puny. It was harvest time, so I am guessing I have a soil deficiency. My raised bed soil should have been the right consistency, so maybe I did not mix the topsoil and compost well enough, maybe it was too nitrogen heavy for the carrots. The cool weather should have been a plus, and I saw no signs of pests, so I guess it is time to get real about soil testing.
Dave's Garden describes some carrots that do well in heavy soils.