July Update - No Tomatoes Yet
San Marzano A
With the soggiest June on record, it's surprising that the tomato plants haven't just turned to mush and rotted.
Due to the rain, and a huge influx of other gardening work to be done, the experiment has languished - that's fine, as these are the most resilient plants ever.
Some were looking a little pale, indicating a lack of nitrogen, even though they were planted so lovingly in rich dark compost.
The compost most likely hasn't finished maturing enough, and is on the acid side, so to encourage the release of nitrogen that is tied up by the micro organisms still hurrying to finish decomposing the leaves and other debris, I sprinkled some Dolomite Lime on the top of the soil in each pot.
This will do two things; change the pH to a more alkaline (sweeten it) and also add calcium to the soil. Lack of calcium in the soil is the cause of blossom end rot in tomatoes, so adding more eggshells than normal to the compost specifically for tomatoes is another way to combat this problem.
So, the plants today are all looking good: A, which was the smallest and most spindly, is now showing good growth, which I attribute to the nitrogen finally being released from the compost.
The other two larger plants are blooming in larger numbers of trusses, and more of the flowers on each, but no fruit has set yet. It's only possible to have fruit setting if there are insects to transfer the pollen from one flower to another.
In really cool wet weather in the absence of bees flying, you can do it yourself with a paintbrush, but I'm trying to give these plants enough room to hang themselves, and not treating them in any kind of special way - who has time?
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