Advice for first time growing tomatoes in container
Hello fellows gardeners !
I decided that I don't want to eat tasteless tomatoes anymore, so this year I decided to plant my own. I got some seeds from a neighbour . I don't know what variety is; it makes big fruits (up to a pound) irregular shape.
I transplanted them in early June in home made Earthbox like containers, and everything went well, but things are starting to go downhill now.
I have read a lot on this forum and on the web, but my experience is nil, si I could use your advice.
1. pruning: my plants have a main branch and 3-4 secondary branches (branching from the bottom). Should I prune more aggressive next year ?
2. The first 2 fruits seem to have BER. They ripened but the got very soft and I had to remove them. They were very tasty though.
I see recommendation to mix hydrated lime with water and use it to water the plants. I don't have lime, can I use dolomite in the water ? Should I ?
3. The leaves started to have all sorts of problems: yellowing and wilting, brown spots, holes.
One plant is much yellow than the other two (the plant that grew the fastest).
I don't see any bugs. What can I do to stop the problems spreading ?
4. I'm not sure what percentage of the flowers should turn into fruits. I would say only 1 out of 8 flowers turn to fruits. I am shaking the flowers to pollinate (I even used an electric toothbrush).
What is a normal ratio of fruits to blossoms ?
Here is a set of pictures to see for yourself (there is a disease folder in there also):
Thank you in advance.