August 11, 2016
I've got the strangest cherry tomato plant this year. Every morning I pick the red ones and put them on the kitchen windowsill and the next morning half of them are overripe. Weird. I also still haven't gotten ripe tomatoes from the Early Girl plant that I didn't disturb the roots of, so I'm putting that procedure into my bag of gardening tricks. I do have blossom end rot for the first time ever, and the only thing I've done differently is to use moldy hay flakes for mulch instead of straw..
The wind and birds didn't spread it out like they do the straw because it's stuck together by the mould. They are only about 18" square and I think the straw gets spread out to about three feet. Another year another lesson. Hope I have a lot more..
August 13, 2016
I found the twist tie that held my cherry tomato plant to the bamboo stake did not get removed and cut half way through the main stem. The plant was getting stressed before it even set fruit and now it's getting back at me. I also found that the soil was dry around the base and under the mulch. There are only five tomatoes left on it and no blossoms so I soaked the ground around it thoroughly..
We will start over. Maybe I'll get cherry tomatoes to go with the corn I planted yesterday..