At first, I thought it was just a minor delay. The miniature plants I had nurtured from seeds on my windowsill were following their own growth curve, kinda like my middle son Brenner. One of these days I would find yellow blossoms playing dot-to-dot amongst the widening leaves, and I would finally have homegrown tomatoes. Really, I would!
Except, I think I must be a tomato monster because the stunted growth of my six plants can no longer be attributed to anything but ineptitude on my part. I have to admit it so I can learn what I'm doing wrong with them and try again. The most basic of garden veggies, and it's just not working for me.
It's no surprise that it's been a wet spring here in the Northeast, and tomatoes are not moisture lovers. Yes, they need water. They just don't like all that water sitting around. I'd like to blame my tomato problem on the rain, then. Whew! It's not me. Good.
Oh, but wait! Boris and Luba have giant tomato plants. And, that pretty girl Blair from the Farmer's Market says her tomatoes are taking over. The dreary, wet accumulation hasn't stopped their tomatoes. Hmph.
Maybe it's the pots my struggling little guys are in. I've propped them up so they can drain, but I wonder if it's just not working. Chad has suggested putting a couple two-by-fours under my line of pots to see if that helps. Or, I could transplant them into the beds once I pluck the vegetation somewhere. The radishes are nearly all harvested now, so that might be a good place. (At least, the radishes have been wonderful!)
Truth be told, my very organized garden just doesn't have enough bed-space. I would really like to expand the whole thing; Give everything some ground to take root in and to stretch out a bit. Maybe I'll still be a tomato monster, but it's worth a try. In the meantime, I will go out into this morning's drizzle and pluck the sugar snap peas (which are also thriving, thank goodness). And, maybe I'll just buy a tomato plant.
If anyone has tips for tomatoes, I'm all ears...
I really, really, really wish to save my tomato plants and to see them grow big and healthy and delicious.
I am thankful that the supermarket is available if I simply must have a tomato.