I don't know if its the weather or the mulch, No BER this year!

wertach zone 7-B SCJuly 9, 2012

I always have BER no matter what I try. I've not had a single case of BER this year, even on my heirlooms!

I mulched heavily with chopped up oak and hickory leaves this year, 10" + deep before it settled to about 2". It was put on in the fall and I just separated it and planted my tomatoes. Then pulled it back around them.

But, before this dry spell hit, I had perfect rain all spring.

Another but.... My neighbor has BER, so I'm thinking the mulch?

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digdirt2(6b-7a No.Cent. AR HZ8 Sun-35)

Mulch is gooodd magic. No doubt about it and I'd agree it gets the bulk of the credit. The thicker the better.

But weather has to get part of the credit too. Then there is the soil - both nutrients and tilth, the variety of plants, the sun exposure, etc. etc.

It would make a pretty complex pie chart! :)

Dave

    Bookmark   July 9, 2012 at 3:35PM
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oliveoyl3

congrates wertach!

    Bookmark   July 10, 2012 at 2:27PM
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wertach zone 7-B SC

I have more fruit and they are much bigger than normal also!

I had 2 late frosts that killed all but 2 tomato plants. I replanted and have started getting big fruit from the late ones now.

I have been canning and giving away tomatoes from those 2 for 2 months now. I get at least a 1/2 full plastic grocery bag every day from just those 2!

I haven't weighed anything, since I don't have scales. I have measured them though. I have 3" diameter early girls and 4"diameter better boys. The survivors.

I picked a Brandywine yesterday that was 4 1/2"! You couldn't see the bread when I made a sandwich with it.

    Bookmark   July 10, 2012 at 3:12PM
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digdirt2(6b-7a No.Cent. AR HZ8 Sun-35)

You are clearly doing many things right!! Lots of envy from this neck of the woods. :)

Dave

    Bookmark   July 10, 2012 at 4:02PM
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