Thursday, August 17, 2017

Tomatoes & Too Much Water

Looks like we're in for a rainy stretch!!!
For those of you dancing in this liquid sunshine out in your gardens I would like to give you a little heads up on what this rush of water might do in your vegetable garden.
I don’t want to be a “doom merchant” for we needed the rain very badly, and I welcome every drop as an answer to prayer. I just don’t want to see you freak out over what you might see out in the tomato patch.
Tomatoes are originally from Mexico where it is hot and dry throughout the summer months; they were built for this type of climate. Up here we are hot sometimes and dry sometimes, but not all the time.
A tomato is a survival plant, and it can live on very little; it takes in water “when, and where” it can.  So when they are planted in our gardens they, in their little vegetable brains, think they have died and gone the veggie heaven. But, unfortunately they still retain their survival instincts of “grab all you can now because it might not be there tomorrow”. Therefore, during any rain they suck water like a big dog, and they don’t know when to quit.
What do you think happens to anything that takes in too much of anything? Something’s gotta give, and unfortunately the ripe tomato is the weakest link on the vine as the plant looks for more storage tanks to hold this windfall of moisture opportunity. And so like a kid’s paper grocery bag on a rainy Halloween night, it splits.
Black spots on the bottom of the ripe tomato is also a possibility. Just cut the bad part off, the rest is still good.


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