Have planted tomatoes for years. This year there is brown,hard or mushy spots on almost all. Put farm manure on bed last fall and lime. Was this overkill? Have gardened here for 20 years. This the worst year ever!!! Help!!! Marion from Madison Wi.
From your description, it sounds as though your tomatoes have blossom end rot. This is a physiological condition caused by lack of calcium in the fruit tissue. It is often related to soil moisture fluctuation. Mulching the soil, avoiding tilling or hoeing around plants, and watering regularly can help prevent the development of the problem. Also, some varieties of tomatoes are much more susceptible to blossom end rot than others.