Slow Summer Crops This Year

It’s been a very odd year for my container garden. I finished tending to my garden chores for the day about an hour ago. Though I started planting my tomatoes, bell peppers, and jalapeno pepper early in the summer, most plants, especially the tomato plants, have been as slow as molasses to grow bigger or to fruit, even with plant food and the benefit of hours of direct full sun.

Previously “inactive” containers that had been planted with tomato seed have just now had a sudden burst of life days ago and now there are even more seedlings. Like I said, a very odd and slow summer crop this year, my first season like this. With the possibility of running out of containers and potting soil, I’m contemplating placing those seedlings directly into the ground, but I’ve not decided for sure as I really love container gardening!

One of my friends is experiencing a similar plant “slowness” problem and she lives about an hour from me, and she is quite the avid container gardener as well!

My Black Beauty eggplant and Waltham butternut seedlings seem to be thriving, which is great. But I wonder if my tomatoes will be productive at such a relatively late date. I would definitely appreciate having warm and cold season crops produce at the same time.

CONSUMER ALERT UPDATE: The non-fruit parts of tomato plants are poisonous if ingested.  More information on toxic plants can be found here:

http://www.calpoison.org/hcp/KNOW%20YOUR%20PLANTS-plant%20list%20for%20CPCS%2009B.pdf

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