July 15, 2018 at 9:58 pm #12968
Yes, blossom end rot is a calcium issue, but it can be exacerbated by inconsistent watering and by too much fertilizer, which apparently causes the plants to grow so fast the calcium can’t reach the fruits.
Some recent hybrids have been less susceptible to blossom end rot.July 15, 2018 at 10:05 pm #12969
Very nice tomato plants RiversideLen!July 16, 2018 at 12:06 am #12971
Thanks Mike, I think I’m going to double down on the calcium and ease up on the fertilizer. They are growing like weeds right now.
The watering is consistent because I keep the water compartment of the tubs filled. At this time of year I fill them at least once a day. The system is designed so the water wicks up into the soil, thus providing a constant source of water as long as the bottom part has water in it. The tubs have a coned plastic divider with holes in it that separates the soil from the water reservoir. You can see the clear plastic door in the tubs, that’s where the water is added.
Another thing I did this year was to put some dried banana peels in the soil.
July 16, 2018 at 9:45 am #12973
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In addition to using dried banana peels, I dry and crush egg shells throughout the spring, and scratch them into the soil around certain plants. We compost year round, and before I retired, I took a mason jar to work everyday and collected food scraps from colleagues.August 3, 2018 at 6:12 pm #13103
We picked our first red bell pepper a couple of days ago and cooked with it tonight! We have two little ones now forming, but it will probably take a couple of months for them to ripen.August 3, 2018 at 6:34 pm #13104
Gardening is not progressing so well. We ate 2 tomatoes – delicious! We are picking blueberries and blackberries. We now have an electric fence around all the veggies, and we have a video of a skunk getting zapped, “getting even” by spraying the wire, but thus getting zapped again, and finally running out the same way he came in. We have 2 very small zucchinis and 2 very small summer squashes now, quite a few small, green bell peppers, and 5 cabbages. I’ve bought zucchini for the first time in my life. We’ve had 1/4 inch of rain so far today and it is supposed to rain for the next 24 hours; that would help a lot.August 3, 2018 at 8:45 pm #13111
Gee, are the vegetables still edible after having been sprayed by skunk?August 4, 2018 at 8:27 am #13114
Mike, I would think not! But he was inside the electric fence, and sprayed outward– no veggies outside the fence, just grass. I would not eat anything that I suspected had been sprayed. The odor dissipated after an hour or soAugust 5, 2018 at 7:58 am #13119
Finally, one of the tomatoes is beginning its path towards redness. I have bacon, and will have great bread, on hand for that moment. Next year, my husband plans to start the plants earlier on our sun porch. We delayed because we had been told the contractor would start no later than March….(still waiting).August 15, 2018 at 4:35 pm #13204
We have had one tomato from our garden. Today my husband picked about five or six. I am looking forward to bacon and tomato sandwiches in a few days.
A couple of tomato worms were on the plants, but wasps “parasitized” them. Thank you, wasps, and I will be careful not to get stung.August 18, 2018 at 1:32 am #13219
My tomato plants have been giving me for several weeks now. They may have peaked but have a ways to go yet. I’m having a hard time keeping up it, I can only throw so many tomatoes at my neighbors. I’m planning on making sauce on Sunday and then freezing it. I’ve had a couple of BLT’s. Here’s a sampling of it.
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Beautiful tomatoes RiversideLen!August 20, 2018 at 12:39 pm #13231
Thank you Joan. For me, tomatoes are one of the highlights of summer.
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