Tomatoes crack as a result of hot weather and heavy rain. Typically it occurs when summer thunderstorms soak dry soil, plants rapidly suck up the water, and ripening tomatoes enlarge so quickly that they burst their skins. The best defense against this issue is twofold. First, keep soil where you grow tomatoes moist by regular watering and mulch. Second, when heavy rain is forecast, harvest nearly ripe tomatoes. You can let them finish ripening indoors. Some tomato varieties are prone to cracking, including most cherry tomatoes.
It’s not unusual to visit your tomato patch and discover fruits with all kinds of problems. Heavy rain can cause tomatoes to crack as roots absorb so much water that it literally makes the tomatoes split their skins. This is a big problem with cherry tomatoes especially, but happens with all types. You might also discover tomatoes that critters have been nibbling. Squirrels, chipmunks, deer, even turtles will chomp at ripening tomatoes, seeking moisture. Slugs, earwigs and stink bugs also attack tomatoes and break the skin. Anytime you have a tomato that’s damaged, the best tactic is to remove it from the garden. Bury it in your compost pile, toss it into a far part of your yard, carry it indoors to drop down the disposal—do whatever works for you. But definitely get rid of it. Problem fruits roll out the welcome mat to other pests (fruit flies, wildlife) and diseases. If possible, bury the problem tomatoes to try and contain any pest outbreaks.
Shifting soils will cause concrete patios, steps and driveways to crack. Luckily, most surface defects and hairline cracks can be repaired with a thin overlay of cement stucco or mall-aggregate concrete, says Tim Carter, builder/remodeler and founder of AskTheBuilder.com. For concrete that's severely cracked, missing chunks or at different heights, he recommends replacing with steel-reinforced concrete that's a minimum of 4,000 PSI strength.
The beautiful cracked look of this countertop looks great against the traditional marble look of the floor tile and traditional wood cabinetry and shelving. The square shape of the faucet and handles complements the counter's corners well and is a great shape contrast to the deep oval sink.
The rich green headboard catches the eye in this bedroom. White bed linens with rounded brown edges and a quilted comforter top the bed. A spotted stool is trimmed with a green matching the headboard. Pastel green wallpaper with a mild pattern brings the room together.
A gorgeous glowing effect gives a cracked look on top of this outdoor stone dining table. Sleek and uniform neutral chairs are covered in a snug fabric and line the long table. A large ceiling fan above is perfect for warmer nights while the open patio allows for a beautiful view.
Large tan marble cracks add personality against the solid, smooth surfaces in this midcentury modern kitchen. Stainless steel barstools with cream seats create a stylish eat-in space at the bar. Built in woodgrain shelving continues into the kitchen cabinets. The woodgrain refrigerator doors match the cabinets allowing it to blend into the design.
A faux cracked mirror gives a unique, distressed quality to this vanity display. An antique, distressed table is countered with a fluffy, contemporary faux fur seat cover. A mod, midcentury modern pendant light casts a light pattern on the wall and illuminates the feminine flair of this design.
Once you've curated your cheeses, it's important to choose versatile accompaniments. Consider a mix of salted and unsalted crackers, as well as shortbreads and baguettes. Dips like honey and raspberry compote are commonly used to counterbalance sweetness or saltiness. For a more polished look, present dips in white ramekins layered on top of wood cutting boards.