As you may know I’m a newby to this whole gardening thing, especially the GYO thing. This is the first time I’ve grown tomatoes and it’s been a mixed experience. When they were quite young we had a string of 42 degree plus days in a row. They are in direct sun for about 7 – 8 hours of the day and I worried too much and overwatered them. The fruit started getting blossom end rot. Then I got paranoid and constantly had a “to water or not to water” dilemma. The leaves were telling me to water them, but I didn’t want any more blossom end rot. They have given me heaps of fruit and are absolutely delicious but the fruit is quite small – more like biggish cherry tomatoes. I’ve got a San Marzano Roma and ‘Burnley Sure Crop’ (Lycopersicon esculentum). They are still giving me fruit but the leaves are completely dead. This is what they look like now:
So my question is: what should I do differently next time? My guesses include:
- Planting them earlier (I didn’t plant them until December because I was waiting for my beans and garlic to finish so I could top up the soil in my vegetable box first. I thought this would be ok because our spring was really mild this year).
- Don’t overwater! Keep a more steady rate of watering. Focus on what the fruit looks like rather than the leaves. Is this right? The leaves often look really wilted. Is this just because they’re in direct sun for so long, rather than being thirsty? And by the looks of them now, perhaps I’ve been underwatering them?
Thanks in advance, fellow tomato growers!