Sunday, September 23, 2012
Wow - this is huge! As if getting your 2013 Tomato Growing Guide ~ Calendar isn't enough, my good friends at GardenLife are sweetening the deal! Purchase your calendar on Amazon between October 1 and October 15 and we'll send you a special coupon code for $10.00 off one order of GardenLife's Mighty 'Matos!
I took this photo yesterday. In two of my garden beds I planted only grafted tomatoes. Those plants are still incredibly lush and full of fruit and flowers. I harvested eight tomatoes from Big Zac and three from Pineapple! If I wasn't convinced before that grafted plants are absolutely fabulous (I was) then I certainly am now!
I purchased all of my grafted tomatoes for this season from GardenLife. They ship the Mighty 'Matos in three packs in the Spring, but the time to order will soon be here! They will offer about 37 varieties of tomatoes and I cannot wait to order mine!
Tuesday, July 17, 2012
Blossom End Rot (BER) does not spread from plant to plant or from fruit to fruit. It is of a physiological nature so fungicides and insecticides cannot prevent or control it. Blossom End Rot often occurs under certain environmental conditions when there are cool nights and warm days. The range in temperature affects the uptake of water and calcium by the developing fruit, and it’s the deficiency in calcium that results in the rotting.
Some varieties of tomatoes are more susceptible to Blossom End Rot than others. When purchasing tomato seedlings be sure to read the labels that accompany the plants. They may tell you if that particular variety is resistant to BER. To help prevent Blossom End Rot from occurring in your plants add crumbled chicken eggshells to the planting hole along with your other amendments. Once planted, try to be sure to keep watering even and consistent. In addition, using organic soil amendments and fertilizer will be helpful. They don’t contain as much salt, which decreases the availability of calcium to the plants.