I've read that it is most likely inconsistent watering. So am I
watering too much/too little. Too much at 1 time, not enough at 1
The cracks go down the tomatoes (both our regular and our grape
tomatoes), they are not the circle cracks.
I water to soaking about once a week. We have a raised bed, and the
soil below the raised bed is pretty hard. The bed is about 1 foot
deep, maybe a little less.
Will fixing our watering fix our bitter cukes too? :) We have those
growing up a trellis.
Sick your finger in the ground to determine dampness (soggy, damp, dry).
Don't water if soggy. If you can squeeze water out of the soil, don't
water. It may take you awhile to determine the appropriate amount of
dampness. At the first sign of wilt, water. If your cukes are cracking,
then may be the problem. Do not spray water on the plant. Fruit can pick
up water easily from the stem.
:> I've read that it is most likely inconsistent watering. So am I:> watering too much/too little. Too much at 1 time, not enough at 1:> time???:> :> The cracks go down the tomatoes (both our regular and our grape:> tomatoes), they are not the circle cracks.:> :> I water to soaking about once a week. We have a raised bed, and the:> soil below the raised bed is pretty hard. The bed is about 1 foot:> deep, maybe a little less.:> :> Will fixing our watering fix our bitter cukes too? :) We have those:> growing up a trellis.:> :> Thanks!
:Generally, cracking is attributed to overwatering from what I
:understand. I await the input of other group members.
:Try some mulch?
Yes, mulch is a good idea, and I agree about watering when you see
wilting. Next season I'd suggest digging deeper. Tomatoes are deep
I've had tomatoes almost explode last year after a big rain late
in the season. It had been very dry up until then, and I had
kept the tomato plants happy with a soaker hose.
Butternut squashes did the same thing. It was the rush of excess
Last year was frustrating. No rain, then too much for a week, then
no rain right into a dry autumn. This year, plenty of rain.
That's pretty much typical of the cracks you get when the plant
gets a burst of water.
Maybe water 1/2 as much, twice a week. And add some mulch.
You need to even out the soil moisture.
Bitter cukes could be due to them getting too little water (at times).
Pat in Plymouth MI ('someplace.net' is comcast)
I can't take credit. It was a tip I read from the "Tomato Man"
Darrill Merrell. Unfortunately, he died in April at 68. His daughter
is carrying on (http://www.tomatomananddaughter.com /)
In addition to even watering, it also eliminates water on the leaves,
so you can do it any time of day. And it's also an easy way to get
liquid nutrients directly at root level as well.
Eh, best if done when planting the tomato. I would worry about damaging
the root structure, once the tomato is mature. Also not sure what it
would do to the over all crop at this point. Use in conjunction with
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