The year before last we had an amazing crop of tomatoes. We used every available bowl to contain them and were giving them away by the sackload. Last year they were not good. They had blight and goodness knows what but we did get a few decent tomatoes!
This year they have started off late and then had a quick spurt of growth with the fine weather in June. They looked good but were slow to ripen and now they have blight and the foliage is dying and brown and crispy looking. As soon as a tomato shows any pink or red colour I am picking it. If there is a blemish then it goes in with the rubbish but otherwise it ripens slowly on its own and looks and tastes good. To date, don’t laugh, we have had seven small cherry tomatoes! There are loads of green tomatoes on the vines still but they are beginning to discolour with all the symptoms of blight. I don’t know whether to strip the plants while the tomatoes are still whole and make chutney or wait and hope that the majority will come through unscathed. It is so depressing, distressing and disastrous! We started off with such high hopes and now this! There just hasn’t been enough sun.
And yet the self sown tomatoes, of what origin I don’t know, are coming along fine and look healthy to boot! Each plant is different. Some of the fruits are small and round and some are long and oval shaped. It will be interesting to see what they taste like.
Two years on the trot for a bad tomato harvest isn’t good and what is more is putting me off wanting to grow tomatoes again! I read in the paper that parts of England had had such hot weather that plants were dying for lack of water. Now which part would that be? Let me move there. I don’t mind watering daily! Oh, but I’d miss the sea!