OROZCONLECHE wrote:Wow That Might actually be It!! I Guess more Care and somewhere that the smoke wont get to is the right place.
The virus cannot be transmitted in smoke. Only directly from tobacco or from touching the plants if you have touched tobacco. And touching tobacco does not include touching the paper it is wrapped in, you would have to directly contact the leaf.
I can't swear no cig butts have ever gotten into my compost pile with the fall leaves I collect and sometimes sweep up where people have piled them in the street. But I wouldn't knowingly compost cigarettes.
I'm not sure why your tomato plants aren't growing, but I'm doubting it is TMV which gives the leaves a very characteristic wrinkled/ ridged and mottled ("mosaic") or patchy appearance. I'd start with more basic questions like do they get enough sun, enough water, enough nutrients...
If you lived here, I would guess the problem with your pumpkin was squash vine borer. It is a moth that lays eggs at the base of plants in the squash family (including gourds and pumpkins). When the larvae hatch out, they bore their way into the stem and then eat it from the inside out. That destroys all the channels that send water and nutrients from the roots to the leaves. A huge squash plant can just shrivel up and die within a few days once this happens. Worst pest in my garden! If it is an SVB, you will find a characteristic hole near the base of the stem, with frass (droppings) outside it, that look like sawdust. But wikipedia says:
The squash vine borer lives in most temperate North American states, except the Pacific coast. Southern states have two broods a year of the borer.
so in Calif, you shouldn't have them. I don't know if they might be moving in or if you have some other pest that operates in a similar fashion. But anyway, check the stem for holes.