Prompted by the need to access the shed and having a bit of a Secret Garden moment as I had to brush aside the tomato plants to get at the door I’ve had a bit of a move round this week . Plus once I’d got in I was able to retrieve a table for the Tumblers to perch on so they can try their truss at cascading.
I’ve lost a few side stems, where they’ve bent or snapped and tomatoes with them which is disheartening (the rescued green tomatoes are the ones on the table).
It’s stems lower down where I hadn’t sussed out sideshoots early enough in the plants’ growth. It’s the biggest mistake I’ve made this year in respect of having plants which are manageable, too many trusses on sidestems and not enough on the main stem.
I’ve also took out the growing tip on the taller plants.
Watering: And….. it rained again last week and still plants in pots need watering. Some days I was watering whilst it rained, enough to get me wet but not sufficient for the plants.
But today has been lovely and the rest of this week looks better too. Bring on the sun and ripening.
Flowers: Some flowers and the bees are still busy. I read something about tomato plants getting their 2nd wind and I wonder how these flowers will get on.
Feeding: Now upped to a couple of times a week. On the Tomorite bottle, the instructions for outdoor plants are 4.5 litres of diluted feed per plant every 7 to 14 days.
I only water 500 – 750 mls at a time so have upped the frequency. Plus although they are in pots I wonder if rain washing through might wash through nutrients.
Pruning: Only tatty leaves now.
Disease: Last week I faced up to blossom end root problems.
The horror on the horizon is blight. Reading gardeners’ accounts from North East USA the wet cool summer there has brought blight devastation. There’s a good write up here.
What view or action are you taking on blight ?
Tomorrow a peek at ripening tomatoes; my own and others.