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Blight resistant tomato

Blight resistant tomato
Although I wouldn't wish this year's tomato growing season on anyone, the blight seems to have delivered an unexpected bonus.  Remember how I left several volunteers in the garden and planted a few late tomatoes after ripping out my blighted plants?  The tomatoes I started from seed in August are clearly going to keel over from the frost before they set any fruit, and most of the volunteers already got blighted and kicked the bucket.

One volunteer, though, is going strong.  Its big, red tommy-toes are ripening just about as fast as Lucy can pick them (darn dog!) and the leaves and stem show no sign of blight.  Looks like we found a seriously blight-resistant tomato!

I stole one tommy-toe out from under Lucy's nose and am processing the seeds in preparation to saving them for next year.  There's a good chance the tomato is Crazy, a variety I grew in my garden last year but that didn't make it onto my roster this year due to old seeds.  What didn't kill us will make us stronger!

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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.

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