No pictures for this post, I’m afraid. I couldn’t stop weeping long enough to take any pictures.
Seriously. I’m very sad.
We live in New York. It gets pretty darn hot and humid here. I’m nine months pregnant. I don’t like the heat anyway, but add pregnancy to it….it’s not working for me.
So, I maybe, kinda “forgot” to water my tomato plant a few times. Okay, okay. I couldn’t even think about going outside to water my plants. I sat in front of my window unit and let the sweat drip.
It was only two or three times–not consecutively. Still–each time I woke up and saw my wilted tomato plant I was very ashamed I hadn’t taken the time to go outside, heat or not, and water my dear plants.
The tomato plant came back to life and continued to grown. There were at least 15 little green tomatoes getting all nice and plump.
Then my husband and I started to notice that the bottoms of some of the tomatoes were brown. I plucked one off and threw it away. But then we noticed that it wasn’t just a few. All of our tomatoes that were brown on the bottom and rotting.
We’re moving in three weeks and we won’t get to eat any ripe, homegrown tomatoes off our plant. There just isn’t enough time for new ones to grow.
I ran inside and did the only thing I could–I consulted Google.
Apparently, due to my lack of sufficient and consistent watering (just those few missed days!) my tomatoes had a raging case of Blossom End Rot. That’s it. Pure and simple.
As if the Salmonella scare here in the U.S. wasn’t enough. I went and ruined our chances at lovely, red tomatoes for the next couple of weeks.
I’m just glad my husband took care of picking the other rotten tomatoes and that he didn’t throw them at me. I was sad, but he was really mad.
In other garden news–is anyone still reading this???
Also, apparently my second basil plant was hosting a parasite–MINT. It’s hard to be mad at the mint taking over the basil plant. The mint had been “dead” for two summers and I forgot that I had reused some of the old soil in the old pots from our previous container garden. (That’s probably not a good idea, eh?) I pulled the basil, made some pesto, and then made some delicious, refreshing Mint Limeade. (It’s quite addictive, you know.)
My serrano chiles are ready to harvest as are my peas and salad mix. The chamomile has blossomed, finally, as have my impatiens. My little garden is in great shape.
Sigh. If only I had the tomatoes….
How is your garden growing?