The Q&A Archives: Tomatoes

Question: My tomatoes are splitting before they are ripe, is this because of too much water? Also, my brussel sprouts are coming on. How long do I let them go before picking?

Answer: Some tomato varieties are more prone to cracking than others, so try to grow resistant varieties next tim. Cracking is usually a symptom of big swings in soil moisture, (too much, then too little water), rapid growth, high temperatures, or a large difference in day and night temperatures. Try to keep the soil moisture fairly even, and you may avoid the problem.

The smaller Brussels sprouts are the most tender, so start harvesting from the bottom of the stalk, and working your way up as they mature. The leaves below each sprout will begin to turn yellow when the sprout is mature. You can start harvesting when the leaves are yellow. The sprouts that taste best are about an inch to an inch and a half in diameter.

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