I tried the milk on this, but to no avail. This disease, as far as I can tell from photos and information on the web is Tomato Leaf Wilt Virus. The leaves all just curled down in a circle and developed black spots. This terrible problem traveled up the plant from the lowest leaves. It is caused by whiteflies. I haven't seen any whiteflies in the garden, and I am out there twice a day, but that's what it is. I have never seen the disease before, and don't know anyone who has. But several people around here told me that they lost all their tomato plants. Maybe this disease did their plants in, too.
I pulled 4 tomato plants the other day, and planted zinnias, and green bean seeds. Those are already coming up, thanks to a nice heavy shower last night.
Today I pulled 4 more. I planted more green beans, and 1 spaghetti squash. Maybe they'll have time to mature.
There are at least 5 more tomato plants I will probably have to pull. 2 of them are just outside the current reach of the watermelon plant. So I guess I'll wait for the watermelon to get closer and let it have the spots.
That would leave me 7 tomato plants--3 Cherokee Purples, 2 Celebrities, 1 Napa Grape, and 1 Supersweet 100's. It makes me so sad. :( I was really looking forward to fresh tomatoes from our garden. I should get some for eating from the ones we have left, but no canning for me this year. How sad. I think the real reason I haven't pulled all the diseased plants is that I can hardly bear to lose all those tomatoes.
Well, maybe I will get enough green beans from the garden to make up for it. Our family eats lots of green beans, too.