Answer: It sounds like your tomatoes are stressed out. Mostly these conditions are due to fluctuating water levels in the soil. Blossom end rot and uneven ripening are two conditions that you described. To solve the problem this year, make sure the soil is amended with organic matter to help with water retention, after the tomato and peppers are transplanted and growing, mulch with a 4-6" layer of hay or straw mulch to conserve the water and keep them evenly watered all summer --- especially if it turns outto be a hot, dry one. Paste tomatoes are particularly susceptible to blossom end rot, so give them extra attention.
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