Way..... Out there !

Way..... Out there !
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Thursday, July 30, 2009

Health Care Reform

Although not just a Hallmark Woods issue, Health Care Reform being considered right now in the U.S. Congress will affect us all.  Here's a couple of websites with the facts on the proposals, and also the websites of our Congressional delegation should you want to let them know what you think....

From the U.S. House of Representatives, the Speaker's Health Insurance Mythbusting page.

U.S. Representative John Sarbanes website.

If we don't speak up, we'll get the status quo. That's expensive for everyone and disastrous for many. America can do better.

John L. 
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Friday, July 17, 2009

Tomato Crop Threatened by Fungus

Home gardens, as well as commercial fields, are seriously threatened by an unusual outbreak of the fungus known as "late blight", apparently due to the very wet conditions earlier in the year, according to a report in the NY Times today. The article notes:

"A highly contagious fungus that destroys tomato plants has quickly spread to nearly every state in the Northeast and the mid-Atlantic, and the weather over the next week may determine whether the outbreak abates or whether tomato crops are ruined, according to federal and state agriculture officials."

Check your tomatoes carefully for signs of the blight; if there's anything like the infection shown in the photo, pull them out immediately, seal them in a plastic bag, and send them to the landfill. If you don't, and compost the infected plants instead, the spores will infect your compost and therefore future crops in your garden. The blight is related to one that caused the Irish Potato Famine of the mid-19th century.

A really good source of further information on this and other garden problems is Cornell University's Vegetable Diseases website. Worth bookmarking!

John L.