You may have heard about the widespread torrential rain and flooding in Western New South Wales and that means wet sheep so....
my man came home to me for a few days!
That's what has been keeping me (busy) quiet for a few days.
The first thing he did was a blitz on the garden, especially the edges.
Sorting and labelling saved seed is high on the agenda also.
are a huge preoccupation also.
I spend a lot of time every morning picking and bottle twice a week.
There are tomatoes in baskets, boxes on benches and trays all over the kitchen and the dining room table.
But I wouldn't have it any other way.
Most people around me are complaining about their tomato crops.
It's been a very, very dry hot year and all I can say is that watering is key.
Water enables the plant to not only drink but cope with respiration from leaf surface area which is large. It also makes nutrients available in soluble solution for the plant to take up.
By watering I mean deep soaking once a week so that the sub-soil is damp. Most people sprinkle for five minutes with a hose every few days and that really isn't going to cut it I'm afraid. You are better off leaving the hose on the root area at a slow drip for hours.
Some people kept praying for rain which didn't come. Well the proof is in the pudding there and you can't blame the tomato variety or the weather. As a suburban grower you are well set up and able to irrigate.
Remember my favourite saying, and you can use it here for sure...
"IF IT'S TO BE IT'S UP TO ME"