This post follows a discussion on Facebook about some ‘mater problems. I wanted to show some pics to go with the descriptions. All input is welcome!
The first group of tomatoes are ones that are potted on the porch. They are clearly inferior to the ones in the garden, thin and spindly, even before I started pinching off infected leaves. There is newspaper over the soil to prevent splash up of fungus. Several people recommend not watering at night–but God keeps doing it anyway. The soil was new in the pots this year and was a mixture of 1/2 boughten potting soil and 1/2 well-rotted compost. The holes were lined with ground egg shells before planting. This location gets 8-10 hours of sun.
Here is my hugelkultur/raised bed up close. The tomatoes have just exploded with growth and are way too dense. I just haven’t had a chance to get in and thin them. These were planted at the same time as the porch tomatoes. There are no yellow leaves, except where an animal (my cat?) keeps snacking on them. One of the biggest plants is showing what looks like Blossom End Rot on most of its fruit. The other 10 plants look fine.
See my hugelkultur post to see exactly what these are growing in. They too were given an egg-shell-powder lined hole. This location gets full sun >12 hours.
To help answer some of the questions raised and add a picture or two. I cut off the main trunk (and I use that word generously!) of one of the potted tomatoes, and bisected it. Everything inside was clean green. There was darkening on the outside but it did not seem to have penetrated.
I took a picture of the inside of the suspected BER tomato. There was nothing too nasty inside–just dark. I think we can conclude this is definitely BER. I scoured the plant and all the smaller fruit is clear of it.
Only one plant has this dark fruit and it is from a Super Beefsteak. It is also the tallest, lushest plant. I think the analysis that it just grew too fast makes sense.
Susan: Thanks for the link, I will check it out. I think there is plenty of light (about 9 hours) on the porch.
Mike: I am going to copy your facebook post below. It was chock full of info and it will be lost on FB, but I can refer back to it here. Never heard of that Bacterial Canker. The stem wasn’t black inside but it could be early. I have thrown the leaves into the trash for the landfill–none composted.
Thanks to everybody for contributing. I really appreciate it.
Now I have another mystery in a different crop–corn. I planted 6 blocks of corn, all the same kind and all the same variety. 5 of the 6 look the same, but one of them is almost 2 feet taller and much deeper green. These are planted in beds that I made this spring–sheet mulch style layers: cardboard, straight manure, straw, seasoned compost. To the best of my memory all 6 beds were constructed identically. But this one bed is on steroids. If the police come by they are going to think there is a body buried there! (<–joke)
Final update: So while I was in the garden this evening re-examining tomatoes I happen to notice BEANS! First of the season, so that’s what I had for dinner!