|Stan’s June 21 prize|
Stan Purwin, community gardener in Columbia, Maryland, sent me news on Thursday (June 21) that he had picked a Better Boy tomato and that it had “made a terrific BLT.”
I posted last year about how Stan uses plant protectors to encourage early spring growth of his tomatoes—and how he usually picks his first big-red tomatoes around July 4. This year he picked his first big red 17 days before the Fourth.
“I purchased 6-inch Better Boy plants in 4-inch pots at Home Depot and set them out about May 10th with Walls O’ Water,” Stan explained. “I used fabric mulch because it was handy but think black plastic would have worked better. I probably could have harvested it on the 15th of June but I was at the beach.”
Why did he pick nearly three weeks earlier this year? “I think the exceptionally warm spring gave them a good start this year, and I did take the time to fill the Wall O’ Water cells with water, which absorbs heat during the day and radiates it all night,” Stan said. “If only I can keep the early blight at bay, I should have a good season.”
To read my earlier posting (May 31, 2011) showing Stan and his plant protectors, CLICK HERE.
If want to see a tomato plant with “early blight” and to read additional information about the problem from the University of Maryland Extension’s Home and Garden Information Center, CLICK HERE.
|Stan’s pre-BLT Better Boy,
June 21, 2012