Our cooler than normal summer did nothing for our tomato crop, which struggled from the get go. The plants grew nice and tall and looked healthy enough, but they set very few fruits, and the ones that did develop just sat there not changing colour. Even the mature plant that my mom bought at the nursery produced a few ripe tomatoes in early August, but then the rest just sat there. The alternating rain and cool weather was good for one thing though, producing blight.
I’d say that more than half of the tomatoes we got have succommed so far, and the rest of them are still as green as they were at the beginning of August. This is so disappointing – we planted about 17 plants, thinking that would give us plenty between the two of us for canning and salsa, etc., but it looks like we’re going to have to buy all that stuff this year.
I’m going to leave the tomatoes on the plants for the next few days, but it’s supposed to start raining again soon, at which point we’ll bring them in and let them ripen on the counter. My mom cut off most of the extra foliage last week hoping that it would hasten their ripening process and prevent the spread of the blight, so we’ll see how that goes.
Did anyone else suffer any major crop failures this year?