Blight plight

Late blight. Not a pretty subject, especially to home gardeners. Just when Connecticut gardeners and farmers started to reap the benefits of home-grown foods, they noticed dark brown, black or green spots or lesions on their plants. It has appeared in six of the states eight counties. And, it's nothing to mess around with; the plant plague can start on tomatoes or potatoes and spread to other crops, including to major agricultural crop fields - organic and conventional.

WNPR had a report on late blight with a plant pathologist from UConn, who suggested that if people discover blight on their plants, they should pull up the infect plant by its roots, put it in a sealed bag and let it dry out in the sun. Composting the plants can be extremely hazardous, as the disease can be transferred to the decomposing matter and passed onto plants.

Click here to learn more about late blight, including pictures, at Cornell University.