As winter settles in again (as it bloody well seems) things are not going as planned or as usual this year, I’m not a farmer but this article backs me up for my situation here of lots of rain, too many grey days, not enough sun…
So due to circumstances beyond my control I’m not doing tomatoes this year. I sowed them. They all germinated. They grew. Then they stopped. Even the ones that I’ve kept in the greenhouse. I’m pretty freakin’ gutted but it is not within my abilities to create more sunshine, damn me not being a weather witch!
There may be some available later on but certainly none by Labour Weekend unless a miracle happens. I’m supposed to start the markets next weekend (14/10/17) but I’m going to hold off til Labour Weekend and focus on my daughters birthday.
I’ve grown tomatoes from seed for years and have never had this happen to me, which made me question what I was doing differently/wrong. A little bit of research though, ok, a lot! Mainly took me to forums where people have had the same problem and was put down to not enough sunshine at a critical time of their young life (to give them the oomphf to keep growing). Makes sense; seedlings are trying to find their roots and need the power and energy from the sun to do that, adult established plants have the reserves in their root system to keep on trucking. And the weather here in Foxton/Manawatu has been quite frankly, shit. When the sun has come out, it’s been glorious some days but most days it’s not that spring bloom sun, you know the one? The one that everyone else is probably having!! And I hope to by gawd that Eketahuna is having!!