July 30, 2014
I have always had trouble growing tomatoes.
- I have difficulty starting my own plants
- They generally get some type of disease
- Most of the time they are unable to vine-ripen.
This past year, I was not able to start a single plant on my own. I had to buy starts.
There were a lot of volunteers that I replanted but none of them have done incredibly well. All of the tomato plants I planted (or transplanted) have gotten blight (I think). I am pruning them incredibly heavily. We are still getting pretty good harvests so far, thankfully.
There were two tomato volunteers that I did not transplant. They sprouted by the chicken tunnel so I just let them stay. They, of course, look WONDERFUL! They are the only tomato plants untouched by me — not staked, not pruned, beautiful GREEN leaves, vine-ripened tomatoes, AND they are growing next to the woods so they only get sun from 11am on… smh. The tomato plants I planted, weeded, pruned, etc…look pitiful in comparison! (NO leaves on most of the plant b/c of all the necessary pruning!)
Now I have a dilemma. I read somewhere that as long as you don’t have any disease, there is no need to rotate tomato planting areas.
After seeing what a volunteer tomato plant could be if left alone where it sprouted, I was thinking maybe I would just see what volunteer tomato plants came up on their own next year in this tomato patch and go from there. However,
- I have disease.
- I also wanted to use this area for winter gardening (easy to cover with plastic because of the structure the trellises provide)