Have you ever noticed how easy it is for things to get ahead of you? At least it is for me. As we have been building a greenhouse for berries and tomatoes, planting thousands of plants, and working to keep the weeds at bay, somethings seem to get missed or neglected.
Several weeks ago we planted a wide variety of tomatoes. They have been growing nicely. So nicely, in fact, that they are now almost too big to tie up.
We have found that tomatoes do strikingly better if they are trained by tying them up so the fruit gets good exposure to the sun and air during the growing process. Normally, this is done right away. This year the conditions have been such that this has been impossible. So this week we will be working to get it done. They will be fine, but the lower portions of the plant will have to lay on the plastic. At least the tomatoes will still be clean and protected from the soil.
As the season progresses and the plants grow more strings will be added. Many of the varieties will reach four feet tall before they stop growing. It will be a very pretty sight to see all of the fruit changing color for all to see.
This season has been quite different from last year. The warmth has brought plants along much more rapidly. I expect the yields will be better if we continue to see as much sunshine as we have so far. It is great to have rain come one day and then have the rest of the week be clear. Plants do not do well when they are damp continuously. Mold and fungus overcome them easily. Protecting them becomes a very expensive and arduous task. So to this point we have been very blessed with great weather. Let the tomatoes grow!