Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Tomato Seedling Problems and the Question
As you can see from the past few posts the tomatoes have been steadily going into the balcony garden. I'm pretty obsessed about tomatoes. Possibly not as obsessed as Tomato Lover (I can't believe I only discovered this blog a few weeks back, it's like the day I discovered Abebooks and realised my thesis on Third Reich memoirs didn't have to cost a fortune, truly awesome.) But I am still obsessed to some largeish degree. I grew a few tomatoes from seed this year, but they weren't without initial set backs (lack of germination being the number one.) However i did manage to nurse quite a few varieties into happy little seedlings and a few have been placed in the garden. These include Aunt Ruby's German Green x 2, Flame x 2, a Pineapple and a Hillbilly.
More seedlings were planned, I was simply waiting on the pot space. There were also leftovers and these were gifts for eager friends. Then disaster struck. One seedling I had given a friend looked sick, and when you held it up to the light it had wierd transluscent creatures swimming about in its stem. What could they be? Suffice to say she turfed it. After that I went back and looked at my seedlings. The ones in the garden seemed ok, the others looked oddly mangled. I couldn't see the bugs, but I bet they have something to do with the evil fungus gnats (these seedlings were inside at the time.) They were summarily ditched. Alas no more personally seeded seedlings of tomatoes for the balcony garden this summer. I am now at a loss with what to do with the incumbent pots - do I plant more store bought tomatoes (there are heaps of varieties) and hope problems don't all crop up at once, or do I plant something else like more zucchini or even eggplant or carrots?