Apparently becoming epidemic!http://www.nytimes.com/2009/07/18/nyreg ... http://www
I have a home plot and community garden plots. There are a lot of gardeners tossing rotting fruit/tomato vines in the compost--which I have always preached against. A couple of gardeners are concerned that they might have seen late blight--have not seen their plants so don't know if it might be blossom end rot or stink bug or other damage. I am wondering if these ideas might help prevent wide-spread infection:
1. Moratorium on throwing any tomato/potato/pepper/eggplant waste in compost
2. Cornmeal application in garden soil with any of those carrier plants
3. If those fruits were put in a vermicompost bin, would that environment destroy the spores and be ok?
4. Application of Vermicompost tea w/ molasses
Please let me know what you think might help, what is unnecessary, other ideas, etc. I need my homegrown tomatoes and it sounds like (once again) we might have issues trying to afford them in the stores if this were to go nationwide!