Re: [gardeners] New members

George Shirley (
Wed, 27 Jun 2001 17:00:50 -0500

Yep, that's it Cherry Point NAS. Ferndale stuck in my mind because I did liberty
there a couple of times. Then later in life I worked with a fellow from
Ferndale. Went back and looked on some travel papers I had from the Navy and
there it was. 43 years ago it was.


Teressa Kandianis wrote:
> Its the same as the late blight of potato fame.  I'm not sure of the extent
> of the spread of it but my mother gardens in the Atlanta area and she has no
> problems.  I know its an issue in western canada as well as throughout the
> Pac NW.  Water hitting the leaves is what facilitates the blight as I guess
> the spores are everywhere already waiting for an opportune moment to grow.
> I saw an article in Time (or Newsweek) that discussed the search for the
> original strain of blight from the potato famine.  I guess the theory is
> that finding this strain will lead back to its source which may yield some
> native potatoes in S. America that are blight proof - then the blight proof
> gene can be bred back.  It also mentioned that the tomato late blight had
> reached epidemic proportions but didn't really elaborate.  Given the very
> suspect nature of Time and Newsweek reporting, this is almost guaranteed to
> be an over simplification that doesn't really jive with the facts.
> My tomatoes will be blight free as long as they aren't exposed to rain or
> overhead watering.  Unfortunately for me, strong winds this spring ripped
> off my temp plastic tent and my tomatoes are exposed to rain as we speak.
> Deep sigh.  There was mention on the PNW garden list  about the development
> of Legend, a tomato bred to be resistent to late blight.  Maybe others on
> this list know more.
> And to the list owner, much to my surprise my husband (who is a private
> pilot) told me he thought Ferndale did have an airbase here years ago over
> next to the Puget Sound at Cherry Point.
> Teressa in Ferndale where my garden is getting a good soaking today.