Dry (but cool) weather has finally moved in, replacing the constant rains we had through July and, expecially, through the first half of August, here in Saint-Aignan. Fears that our tomato crop had been ruined were unfounded, however. Here are a few photos I took out in the garden yesterday morning.
I think the trimming of lower leaves on each tomato plant that Walt did when we first noticed some blight on the tomatoes was effective. Cutting off the leaves close to the tomatoes helps the fruit dry off more quickly after rain or a heavy dew, and slows down the growth of mildew and other champignons by improving air flow.
Not only are the majority of tomatoes out there healthy-looking, but quite a few of them are starting to ripen. If the weather remains dry for a few more weeks, and warms up a little, we will have a big crop, as you can see. Remember, there are 36 tomato plants out there.
I don't know if the brown coloring on the tops of the tomatoes above is an indication of blight or just the way this variety of tomato ripens. I hope it's the latter. Again, if the tomatoes stay fairly dry and get some sunshine on them, a little bit of the blight won't matter too much.
These are some so-called tomates longues that Walt grew from seed and planted this year. We're looking forward to trying them, and it appears that the two in the center of the photo above will be ripe in just a few more days.
P.S. My finger condition has a name. It's called "mallet finger" (« le doigt en maillet ») and it does need treatment right away. I have to go get a finger splint and wear it for six weeks! That's my task for today. Thanks to reader Marilyn for sending me an e-mail with the above links in it.