Tomato Update - And a Watering Tip
When I set the plants in the ground, I added bone meal to the soil. I've since also given them two light feedings of fish emulsion mixed with water. The fish emulsion provides calcium, which is one of the essential nutrients tomatoes need to develop well. (Calcium deficiency is one of the causes of blossom-end rot, which can be a problem with tomatoes. Irregular watering is another.)
At our garden association's spring meeting in April, Linda, the chair of our Agriculture Committee, handed out a paper with tips on growing tomatoes. One of the tips was: "Avoid wetting leaves of tomatoes. It promotes fungus and other diseases."
This was news to me. It seems like a basic tip I should have learned three years ago when I started the garden, but somehow I missed that one. Now I'm being extra careful to water the plants down at the base. To aid in this, I remove most of the lowest hanging leaves (especially as they start to yellow).
So far so good. The plants look healthy. They've developed strong stems and they're filling out with a lot of new leaves. A couple of them already have their first blossoms -- the bright yellow stars that portend the fruits to come. I can't wait.