I’m so over my tomatoes. I’ve lovingly cared for them and they don’t return the favor? My tomatoes were doing awesome all summer. They grew huge. I bragged to all friend’s in the New York area who lost their tomatoes to the Blight how amazing my plants were doing. The plants did so well that they took over my whole perennial garden.
Their 5-foot-tall growth at first was exciting but turned quickly into a labor of not so much love. Every time we had a rainy or windy day the plants fell over onto the sidewalk. Large limbs full of buds broke off. But everyday I carefully tie the branches back up in hopes of being saved.
I thought by the end of August I would have a whole crop of tomatoes to eat. Turns out my tomato farm didn’t go according to plan. I have lots of tomatoes but their all green. The only thing red are the cherries. I’ve realized my garden didn’t get as much direct sunlight as I originally anticipated. I’m totally frustrated. I give up. You won tomatoes.
What I learned about growing tomatoes:
1. Don’t use tomato cages. Use stakes or large bamboo sticks gathered into a tee pee.
2. Plant your baby plants really deep. This stops the plants from getting too lanky.
3. Be truthful with yourself about your sunlight.
4. The farmer’s market has a great selection of tomatoes starting in mid-August.