Oooooookay! I got it now!
The BER incident happened on our first hot day, like in a flash. I figured out what happened, I think I tuned out.
Just my boyfriend watering = terrible results because he works all day. What caused the BER was actually ME not tending to the tomatoes during the day, I'm ready to admit.
I suddenly remembered that my boyfriend's watering IS a spring problem. Then when it hits 90+ degrees (we are forecasted 98 degrees today), any water anyone wants to dump anywhere becomes a blessing???
I think I was more upset about having/not having CONTROL over my garden than anything else? Like whatever problems I had I was doomed to have because I couldn't control how much "precipitation" another person other than the clouds/powers that be was making fall?
I remembered (something I probably blocked out, hah) about the year before
Where I had a big giant pity party thinking to myself that I wished I had had the CHOICE in the amount of water that was falling on my plants? I hated watching the symptoms last year of what I KNEW had been too much water. I was residually traumatized from the year before
In addition to this being my first year with tomatoes in containers
And I just thought that *I* would be manning this project with research instead of arguing with someone else about the details every minute of every day.
To be honest, the whole process has become ugly complicated and I am barely having fun in the way I used to have fun with my plants?
It used to be - my plants need me and I will go to them and choose what I think they need
Now my plants care involves a big argument with someone else about what they need where my opinion gets disrespected and ignored. It's a different feeling entirely.
Hahaha. I did not mean to continue my pity party!
What I came to say was:
When it is 95+ degrees like it is now?
Omg!!! We need 3 times as much water!!!!
I taught my boyfriend that when you over-water container plants you are leeching out the nutrients. So now we are watering just until the water comes out the bottom, but not washing all the good stuff away.
And we are using this awesome organic liquid fertilizer for flowering and blooming (it is all purpose and you can use it at any stage though)
!!! I never thought anything could do what that stuff did?
This really is my first year with tomato plants in containers, and I guess I didn't keep track of the dates I last fertilized.
I'm not sure the tomato plants would have ever did anything without the fertilizer?!
When I fertilized, everything changed 10 shades of green deeper and started spitting out tomatoes.
No longer is there a watering problem in the vein of us having too much water?! It is blazing out there already, I swear they need a dose of water every 3 hours when it's going to be 90+ degrees. It's intense.
I secretly love it. Oooh. I NEVER liked heat until I had tomatoes/tasty plants that like heat like peppers or zucchini.
Now when people complain or talk about the heat of the summer I think ..
Heat = FOOD!!! <3
Anyway, happily ever after with fertilizer, and the sun to soak up all the water
Thank you again for all of your help.
Oooooooh another thing I've vividly discovered is that...
Tomatoes really can take a LOT of water.
My MIL tries to water everything like it is a tomato plant... I keep trying to tell her that some are desert plants. (The potted marjoram and sage are VERY upset! Although not a desert plant, The zucchini didn't look thrilled and the basil was floppy, but the tomatoes just sucked it all up without a bat of an eye.
Maybe I should just let them drown everything so they can learn a lesson themselves instead of me trying to force them to learn?
The only problem with that was I wanted us to have produce, not a lesson about a dying-to-dead plant.