1 month ago
This is probably the biggest garden disaster I've ever experienced. My tomatoes were doing fabulously well, growing with gusto and looking lush, when I noticed some of them were looking funny on the tips. I assumed they'd just dried out a bit from touching the grow light. On closer inspection, I discovered that the newest growth all looked like this, deformed and clubbed; every branch.😩
Google seems to think it's a reaction to the herbicide 2,4-D, or something similar, likely from the bag of steer manure I picked up at our building center in February in my desperation to get planting, as that was the only thing I'd never used before. Apparently this can be an issue if the cattle had eaten something contaminated with it. So now, all 30 of my heirloom tomato plants appear to be ruined. Devastating. ☠️
However, while the main growing tips have all died back (the thick yellow parts - swipe to see more), it looks like some of the lower suckers are growing again and may take over. So what do I do? Leave them and hope they'll grow through it? Dig them up and dispose of them and the soil? Would I even want to eat something that comes from these plants? 🍅
Have you ever seen anything like this? Could it be something else? @charles_dowding posted today that he is dealing with something similar from horse manure. It just shows how careful you have to be in choosing your compost. Lesson learned. .
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