Tomato Fruit Set
Well, if you planted your fall garden and used the varieties we told you to, you should be looking pretty good. All you have to do is take care of a few weeds. But it may not be looking pretty good, not nearly as good as these. What could be happening to you is what happened to these particular plants here. These were planted in July. They've seen a lot of hot weather and a lot of dry weather. And you can tell the dry weather because these varieties of broccoli plants, which should be planted in September by the way, were planted in July. And the ones that have the water spots by them are doing well. The ones that don't have water are barely hanging on and not growing.
Same way with the tomatoes. These are the same variety, planted the same day. Look how much bigger and nicer the ones are that got some water around them than the ones that don't have water. So they have to have water during the summer. I think everybody figured that out.
Then you look at these heat setting varieties, this is Surefire, and you see how well it's doing. It's growing big and has lots of blooms on it, but no fruit. I thought I said it was a heat setting variety. It is, but it's not a shade setting variety. This half of the garden, and this is a small garden, is getting enough shade to where the blooms fall off. If you move to the other side of the garden you see that we've got some big fruit that will be ready in the middle of October. The good news is if we have a few cool snaps these blooms may set some fruit for us and give us some good Thanksgiving tomatoes. But nothing does well in the summer or fall garden without water and without full sun.
This is Jerry Parsons, Vegetable Specialist for the Texas Agricultural Extension Service, the Weekend Gardener.
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