I (Glen) eagerly look forward each year to enjoying the summertime treats. Sweet corn and tomatoes head the list of my favorites. However, with this year's cool summer weather, there has been a delay in enjoying the bounty.
An article in the Des Moines Register, talks about a delay in arrival, but suggests there will not a decrease in quality or taste.
I am hesitant to agree. Our garden at home is filled with tomato plants ( I spent most of Saturday caging them with woven wire for containment & more support), and the plants are huge. Many of them are at least 4' tall. If you look really close, there is a 55 gallon drum, standing on edge, underneath the sprinkler.
I have also observed the onset of calcium deficiency, also known as blossom end-rot. I have broadcast SO4 in 3 separate applications this year, but intentionally omitted 2 plants. These plants are showing symptoms of deficiency (water soaking on the fruit & leathery looking leaves).
My conclusion? Many plants, including tomatoes, are growing more slowly this year. Quality will also be affected, but having adequate nutrient availability (calcium) will help mitigate this.
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