Further into spring

The mild April weather came to an abrupt hold courtesy a high pressure system in the Mid Atlantic Ocean blocking the low from moving. This gave us a string of cool, dreary, damp weather! No frost was likely but the tomatoes and peppers do not like 40 degree nights so I have been moving them inside at night. Then one tomato caught on the door frame and bent. I tried to resuscitate it with a quick emergency graft – cut the two edges to be even, strapped it up with some cut window slat from window blinds and some tape. Not got much hope for success but if the tomatoes can ripen it would be great! The tomato is too big now to transport to talks though and I don’t want to damage it any more.

a quick graft on a broken tomato stem

a quick graft on a broken tomato stem

 

These reusable snaps hold the tomato to a stake

These reusable snaps hold the tomato to a stake

 

This tomato is using the very useful Tomato Snaps that are reusable from year to year and firmly hold the little stems to the post. As the stems get bigger the Snap is unsnapped and re-snapped either further up or just made a little wider.


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