Another tomato problem

Some rather grim news about a new tomato bug that’s arrived in the UK.

Tuta Absoluta sounds like an Austin Powers love interest, but it’s clearly going to be yet another source of heartbreak for the tomato grower.

I’ve already given up growing tomatoes on my allotment – blight strikes down everyone’s crop every year. Now I’m thinking twice about growing them at home, too.

Anyone actually encountered this problem where you grow? Just how bad is it?

6 Responses to “Another tomato problem”

  1. Carrie Says:

    I refuse out right to grow tomatoes. The heart ache just isn’t worth it. Tinned toms for me in cooking, apart from that it is rare I crave a fresh one. Bah humbug.

  2. Soilman Says:

    Know where you’re coming from, Carrie. I’m sick of tomato angst, too.

  3. Mal's Allotment Says:

    Montezuma strikes again?

  4. Jo Says:

    I’ve never heard of this before, better do some googling.

  5. Panic Not Says:

    As a gardener in North America I can’t believe people have trouble growing tomatoes! I’m not that excited about them but they seem to be the most important component of home gardening in the States, and the sole reason some people start veggie growing. I wonder if this bug will hit here?

    Oh well, as long as we have international commerce these things will happen. Makes a strong case for preserving the diversity in our crop species though doesn’t it? Just think, out there might be the perfect tomato for the UK (though it sounds as though it is not in use there currently).

  6. Tanya Walton Says:

    Haven’t come across this soilman so would be grateful if you post up any more info as you find out about it…I love my toms too much to stop growing them!!