All the tomato seedlings that I had of 3 varieties are now in their respective 20L containers and few of them have already started flowering.
But unexpected caught my sight, the flowers are falling off just a day after they bloomed. This is only on the cherry tomato. On googling I found out it is “Blossom Drop” which can happen due to any of the following
- Extreme temperatures.
- Too little or too much Nitrogen.
- Too much water.
These tomatoes are in the balcony right now taking bangalore’s cold nights and not enough sunlignt. I am planning to move them to the terrace to provide them ample light and see if it stops the damn drop. I am keeping my fingers crossed.
With just 12 pots I feel so frustrated and there are farmers in india with acres of land ready for harvest only to have it destroyed by rain/flood the same day. Too bad.. I will be very happy if vegetable prices go high. Let the world outside know how much trouble these farmers go through and yet how cheap we get the veggies for and still bargain on top of it. We only bargain to these poor people and empty of wallets silently to shopping malls, realtors and for entertainment.
Right said gg. Only when you grow a vegetable/flower do you actually appreciate the efforts, time, and money that goes behind it. Hope your tomato does well. Keep us all updated on it. And btw, what about the spinaches? Did they make their way into your kitchen?
agree with you on the point that we haggle with small traders and pay thru the nose in big establishments [ for things which we probably dont need !!!] but do you think that even the small trader is going to sell his merchandise at a loss? as gardeners we all have an emotional attachment to our plants but to the farmer it will be a loss in business.. not to say that he is not attached to his land, crop etc..
on a personal note ,in May this year I watched my whole office go up in flames due to a short circuit … the material loss was considerable but luckily no one was hurt or burnt… I still have to pay my taxes etc considering I had to replace every item in my office… whereas a farmer does not have to pay tax at any point of time…. of course the amount I would get from insurance is a big laugh….