Last Spring was a very disappointing tomato season for me. I had horrible leaf footed bugs, and squirrels and a Mockingbird competing for my ripe tomatoes. Last Spring, I tried to grow mostly heirlooms that didn’t produce well. And, many of my tomatoes had blossom end rot, partly because we were getting rain, and they were over watered.
This year, I changed everything up, and it appears to be working. I bought tomatoes in late February, which was early, and transplanted them to gallon pots in the greenhouse. While I did buy some heirlooms, I bought mostly Celebrity and Early Girl plants. I have around 14 plants total.
Having read about the Texas Pot Method here: http://www.fieldandfeast.com/gardening-tips/homegrown-tomatoes/, (via http://www.gardenaustin.com) when I did plant them in the garden, I buried the gallon pots they were in, into the garden next to them. I have been watering into the pots every other day, until the seepage slows down drastically. Every couple of weeks, I toss some 8-2-4 into the pots and water it in. I am crediting this method to my current success with tomatoes. I picked these Stupice tomatoes a couple of days ago.
This morning, I pulled this Celebrity tomato. It is perfect! No blossom end rot.
All of my plants are covered with tomatoes, and so far, there is no sign of any pests, or blossom end rot.
In other garden news, I’m still picking lots of sugar snap peas, and the peppers have really taken off.
The potatoes have lost their flowers, but I still think they need another couple of weeks. I’m tempted to pull some up anyway just to see how they are doing. Potatoes are so satisfying.