My tomato story is short. They were planted in late May, pampered early season with cover cloths to ward off the chill and hail, then given lots of room and prepped soil to make up for lost time. Nothing mattered. They were determined to constantly remind me that they were in control or rather Mother Nature was in charge of the number of love apples she was willing to keep healthy. And she took her time to ripen fruit that wasn't hit with disease. I'm still hoping for a few more 'Better Boys' to ripen and enjoy. We've only had TWO tomato pies this season, a down right culinary disappointment. Tomato Pie
But why complain, it's called gardening. Expectations are usually in check with gardeners. Some summers are better then others, and most years we get decent tomatoes, peppers and enough cucumbers to pickle, share or laugh at the ones that grew too large.
Here's my 2014 photo vegetable disease diary, plus some successes. No need to say a thing, I know we're on my same wavelength...there's always next year.
|Tomato Spotted Wilt Virus|
|Blossom End Rot and Possible Bacterial Spot|
|Inside tomatoes, white, mealy and tasteless|
|Tomato Early Blight|
|Downy Mildew on Basil|
|Japanese Beetle damage (skeletonized leaves) AND herbicide drift leaf damage (puckering)|
|Tomato Pie from Colorado Cache Cookbook (my crust needs work)|