Friday, September 21, 2007

Houdini heart

Journal page from last night -- I call it "Houdini heart."






We're reaching the end of the tomatoes. Ross helped me pick these after school yesterday. I had to snatch them away from him to get a quick picture before he gobbled one.

6 comments:

Jojo said...

Bizarre... why are they striped?

Judy Merrill-Smith said...

Those are cracks that have healed. I read in the local paper that when tomato plants get stressed by cold weather at the end of the season, the tomatoes are likely to crack like that. They still taste good, though.

Jojo said...

Ok, tomato expert, why is my tomato plant (in a pot) yielding only ONE tomato this year? I don't think I'll get much more than that before it freezes. Pretty pathetic, huh?

Judy Merrill-Smith said...

Well, I don't know that I qualify as an expert, but here goes ...

Tomatoes are tropical. They need lots of sun (at least 6 hours a day of full sun) and heat (but not too hot -- mine always seem to suffer above 95 degrees or so). If it's really hot, they'll do better with morning sun, because afternoon sun and heat can combine to fry your plants. They do better if you don't let the soil completely dry out. I usually water my pots once every day or two in summer.

If you did all that and still no tomatoes, do you have enough bees around your area? There's a real problem with bee colonies dying out in some parts of the country. My mom, in New Hampshire, has resorted to hand-pollinating her vegetables to get them to produce.

Does that help? Dr. Tomahtoe, at your service....

Jojo said...

Interesting... I'm guessing that I didn't water often enough and maybe they're not getting enough sun. Maybe next summer, when we hopefully won't have so many house projects that we neglect the lawn and gardening, we'll do a better job of fixing the landscaping and growing some veggies.
Thanks for the advice!

Anonymous said...

Boy, I sure miss having a little garden. I found that the tomatoes needed about twice as much water as I thought they did. The year I had the best tomatoes I learned later that my neighbor was watering them every morning for me and I was watering them every night. We had a hot dry summer that year and wow, did we have tomatoes. I would try to grow them just in pots but we are away on the weekends and the pots dry out too much.
Cathy