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This part could go in the general discussion area as it isn't just about container gardening. Some of it could go on the weather thread too. Anyway:

This has been the coolest summer I can remember in my 54 years (So far, it's July 15 and no 100F days.) However, the real heat is about to hit this week. My plans are to get every ripe and semi-ripe tomato off of the 7 plants today (Monday) and spray the plants with some 'Worry Safe' Pyrethrin spray. I've squashed two stinkbugs yesterday in my yard but not on the plants yet.

Why am I going to do this? "I might be wrong about this" but to me, it's part of over-summering. The temperatures are going to be above 95F, and I am to understand, tomato plants don't bloom well when it gets that hot. I know that blossoms and tomatoes themselves draw a lot of the plant's energy. To over-summer, those plants need their energy to survive. It gets complicated during and after that. Not only is it going to be hot, but it's very humid too - the Gulf of Mexico is only about 300 miles away to our south and our prevailing winds are from the south. Hot and wet is not a tomato plants' best friend.

I could graft, and I am going to, but to over-summer good looking plants is special. I have already started adjusting how I feed the plants. I'm going to concentrate on feeding them 15.5-0-0 Calcium Nitrate in half dosage along with some magnesium sulfate (Epsom Salt for uptake.) The idea is to keep the tomato plants happily surviving without the need to reproduce during the hot days. Will it work? I don't know, but I feel that I'm giving those plants a good chance.

I wouldn't be much of a gardener if I didn't try. As always, I respect whatever you would like to reply.
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At least you can probably save the remainder of the ones you have that are already full of soil and roots. Once they can be emptied you could add a fine flexible screening from the inside. I would probably try something like the rolls of screening they sell to replace the screening in windows. The stuff I bought was as soft and flexible as fabric and would be easy to work with and mold to the shape of the pots. I would keep my eye out at yard sales and stuff until then. I have a time or two seen the rolls of screening at those kind of sales, but if you not you always pick up old damaged screens cheap or even free on trash day, lol, and cut out the screening to use.
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That sort of screening could be used on the outside of the pot for now too, could it not?
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just put the pots over the screen
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.... the real heat is about to hit this week. My plans are to get every ripe and semi-ripe tomato off of the 7 plants today (Monday) and spray the plants with some 'Worry Safe' Pyrethrin spray. I've squashed two stinkbugs yesterday in my yard but not on the plants yet....
Is there a connection between the heat and getting the tomatoes off, or the "Worry Safe", pyrethrin and stinkbugs? Does pyrethrin (vs permethrin, which sounds like more than I want to use) help with stinkbugs?

I am just learning about stinkbugs. It sounds like if you find them in the yard, they will eventually be on plants. Does squashing help? I'm thinking of one of those bug vacuums.

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Is there a connection between the heat and getting the tomatoes off, or the "Worry Safe", pyrethrin and stinkbugs? Does pyrethrin (vs permethrin, which sounds like more than I want to use) help with stinkbugs?

I am just learning about stinkbugs. It sounds like if you find them in the yard, they will eventually be on plants. Does squashing help? I'm thinking of one of those bug vacuums.
Any means of getting rid of stinkbugs works for me. The same with aphids, harlequin bugs, and leaffooted bugs..

I'm in more pain than ever before. I did water the tomato plants tonight, but
I'm not sure about tomorrow.
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I'm going to concentrate on feeding them 15.5-0-0 Calcium Nitrate in half dosage along with some magnesium sulfate (Epsom Salt for uptake.) The idea is to keep the tomato plants happily surviving without the need to reproduce during the hot days.

The thing about nutrition is that you need to match the needs of the plant, the plant will generally do what it wants. So, for example, if you have lots of growing fruit, and want good upper plant growth, you need to come with lots of potassium, if there is not enough potassium passing the fruit, the plant will not grow even if it has nitrogen.
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It's 3am and the pain...

Zipcode, you are right. I watered today with just water. I forgot to bring out the 4-18-38 and 15,5-0-0. I didn't want to go back inside to get them. Pain will do that to you.
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