Now we’re getting somewhere. I don’t grow the same varieties each year, but I do grow older types: this year ‘Big Beef’ and ‘Early Girl.’ I don’t over fertilize, but our erratic summers may be part of the stress.
This whole problem is particularly vexing because I grow 3 – that’s right, 3 – tomato plants. That’s plenty for my husband and myself to "pig out" on in salads, on the plate and as BLT’s. Once the summer’s over, that’s it. No more tomatoes ’til next year. So, when I lose what amounts to half the crop, I want to cry/curse. Maybe I’ll try a couple of new varieties next year.
[Has "pig out" become politically incorrect?]
Thank you for the info.
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