Since some of us are getting more than our share of water this summer and others are get feast or famine, we're all lucky to be getting any tomatoes at all. During rough summers, every fruit counts. Cracking and splitting tomatoes are especially annoying, because they look perfect, up until they crack.
Why do tomatoes crack is a perennial question with a simple answer. Limited water followed by a lot of water will cause the inside of the tomato to swell up faster than the outside membrane of the tomato can grow or stretch, so it cracks. Preventing cracking isn't as easy as it first appears, since you can't control the rain. Here are a couple of tips to hedge your bets against tomato cracking.
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