29 July 2008

Please don't take a picture

It's been a bad day for the poor tomatoes and peppers. The soil is still waterlogged after Saturday's ridiculous quantity of rain and these plants are suffering from a serious deficiency of oxygen to their roots. I noticed one plant looking a bit droopy yesterday, but today they all look like they're going to die. Not even the tomato hornworms would fancy them now.


I've pulled the water-conserving mulch (which seemed like such a good idea back in June) away from the stems to try and get more air to the roots and to assist in the drying-out process, but apart from that I don't think there's much I can do. The forecast for the rest of the rest of the week is for hot sunny days, so the soil might have a chance of drying out. Has anyone had tomato plants recover from this kind of situation, or should I start looking up green tomato recipes now?

4 comments:

inadvertentgardener said...

OMG...I don't have any suggestions for you, but I have HUGE amounts of sympathy.

Brenda Kula said...

I don't know, but please send that rain this way!
Brenda

artistsgarden said...

Oh your poor plants. I hope they recover when they dry out.
Thanks for the visit to my blog.
Regards
Karen

Lucy Corrander said...

I haven't even the beginning of an idea except to share in what must be your horror-struckness.

But, if I were in your position, I certainly wouldn't give up hope.

Definitely not.

Lucy