My tomato plants look like crap. Yes, they do.
It was only a few of weeks ago that I was feeling a little smug. You see a neighbor was on vacation and I was watering their tomato plants. I remember thinking mine looked oh so much better (mistake #2).
There’s another neighbor whose plants I can see from one of our windows. They looked so sparse and spindly, unlike my happy leafy plants. Another notch on my growing tomato ego (mistake #3).
And then there was my blog post back in March, where I mentioned the fact I’d never rotated my tomato crop and always planted them in the same spot but never had any problems…(mistake #1). I was practically begging the tomato gods to take me down right? Well they have, big time. I’ve still got a decent amount of fruit on the vines but the leaves, oh the leaves…
Powdery Mildew brought on our wet cool spring? A reaction to my less than frequent watering once the rains stopped at the beginning of July? Or worse…a soil condition brought on my growing tomatoes here year after year?
Please let me know your thoughts…I’m all ears.
Just look, I’ve got lots of happy basil. But what’s the use of basil when you’re tomatoes may cease to produce? And besides, successful tomato growing is a point of pride in my family.
The first topic of discussion…when did you get your first ripe tomato this year? Closely followed by how tall your plants? And just how many tomatoes are you harvesting every day????
This is the closest I’ve ever come to feeling like I might be disowned, the tomato failure, and the family member that nobody talks about anymore…