Speaking of gold tomatoes, I found this beautiful plant sitting on my deck Monday. It was a gift from a neighbor. It has a few blossoms ,but it needs some flower fuel. supposed to be gold cherries! Will know in a few weeks.
A lot of you are probably getting red ripe tomatoes now, and the next bunch is forming, or has been. Now is a good time to amend your soil. If you're using soil. I highly recommend flower fuel and cal mag plus. Cut back on the Nitrogen a little too. You'll notice a big difference in just a few days , with way more blossoms, and more and bigger fruits. Tomato plants need the extra ca.,, Mag,, P ,,and K, especially if they are big plants and heavy feeders like mine. Also picked up some more Ancient Earth nutrients (humic/fulvic acids) and some other organic water soluble products to use the rest of the season because I'm about out of the Espoma bag stuff and at this stage the plants need a stronger fertilizer than the Espoma ratio numbers due to their size.
I increased the feeding schedule to twice a week now. Have been successful in preventing diseases and fungus so far this year, no blight , rot, rust, or yellow leaves using just a simple Neem oil soak. Been foliar feeding with just the cal mag bi weekly and watering in the just flower fuel once a week for now. Plants are as healthy as can be!
It's peak bug season now, every bug and critter that likes tomatoes are out so keep an close eye on your crop! When I thanked my neighbor for the plant I noticed he had about four different kinds of bugs on his plants. Last night I offered to spray them with a Dawn soap and Neem mix and he agreed they needed some attention pronto. I've been have great results using just a Neem soak in my garden. I use 1/2 tsp per litre and pour into the pots every other week at first when the mater plants are small and not yet producing blossoms, then when they are big I'll use it 4x times a month at a ratio of 1tsp per litre . Neem oil actually has beneficial nutrients that are good for the plants and has many beneficial uses in the garden.
My cardinals are still taking care of the caterpillars for me. Yesterday they had their baby Cardinal with them teaching it how to hunt worms too.
Corn is doing wonderful, watered and fed it yesterday. Counted at least 40 ears now 😀
Watermelon are growing like crazy! There's already quite a few baby melons golf ball size,and the vines are growing a foot longer every day now. I've been using the same disease/pest preventative Neem soak on them, same flower fuel, cal mag and Ancient Earth,, only difference is the main food source is an all purpose water soluble 20-20-20 fertilizer that has all the micro nutes already in it. I use a lower nitrogen number on my maters.