Friday, August 22, 2008

Manchester Terrier Eats Pierce's Pride


Today's harvest includes 3 Piccolos, 2 Stupices, 2 Black Plum Pastes, 2 Cherokee Chocolates, 2 Italian Market Wonders, Salisaw Cafe, Olga's Round Yellow Chicken and Prairie Fire.

Unfortunately, I would have liked to have added a half pound Pierce's Pride, but it appears the Manchester Terrier got it. Yesterday morning, there were two Pierce's Pride ripening. By yesterday evening there was only one. Even my wife remembers seeing it. And this morning, the Manchester Terrier didn't eat his breakfast. Grrrrrrrrrrrrr........

I did some tomato taping last night.

I noticed a tomato on Green Grape, so there's at least one tomato in the “Corner Office”.

We reached the 4100 mark for harvested tomatoes this year.

My wife and I tried Painted Ukrainian again two nights ago. My wife loved it, I liked it but didn't find it as amazing as my wife did. Nevertheless, I'm more than happy to grow this one again.


Thursday, August 21, 2008

The "Corner Office" Is Done...


Today's haul includes 3 Cherokee Chocolates, 3 Italian Market Wonders, 3 Piccolos, 2 Black Plum Pastes, Micro Tom, Red Robin, and overripe Old Ivory Egg, Salisaw Cafe, Stupice, Arkansas Traveler, Kellogg's Breakfast and Blue Fruit.

I watered the back yard last night, which included the tomatoes to be planted.

This morning, I found a tomato underneath a chair in the bedroom. That sneaky Manchester Terrier...

The “Corner Office” in the front yard is basically done. There's a couple of blooms on Green Grape and the front yard Black Krim still looks rather healthy, but at a cursory glance there's no tomatoes in this area of the front yard.

The Old Ivory Egg plant is getting huge...


Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Petering Out...


Today's harvest includes 6 Black Plum Pastes, 5 Cherokee Chocolates, 4 Piccolos, 2 Green Grapes, 2 Kimberlys, 2 Kellogg's Breakfast (one 7.5 ounces), Black Cherry, Prairie Fire, Stupice and Polish Pastel.

I got the front yard watered last night. I was going to work out but the gym after work but the gym was packed. I think it's the Olympics effect – people are getting their workouts in before the Olympics come on the air.

The tomatoes are slowly petering out, especially the front yard. In the near future we'll have days where the only plant harvested in the front yard is Piccolo. Speaking of which, we're closing in on 3000 tomatoes in the front yard, but it may be several weeks before we reach the mark.


Monday, August 18, 2008

Piccolo Getting a Second Wind


And today's haul includes 10 Piccolos, 4 Black Plum Pastes, 3 Salisaw Cafes, 3 Stupices, 3 Cherokee Chocolates, Kellogg's Breakfast, Polish Pastel, Micro Tom, Evan's Italian Plum (8.5 ounces), Painted Ukrainian (9 ounces), Blue Fruit and Jaune Flamme.

Both Piccolo and to a lesser degree Micro Tom are getting a second wind. Before yesterday, the prior harvest day for Micro Tom was July 2.

The Manchester Terrier picked off another tomato of unknown origin.

My wife found a caterpillar on Blue Fruit.

It looks like a half dozen tomato plants will be pulled in the front yard next Saturday.


Sunday, August 17, 2008

Reached 4000 Tomatoes Today!


And our harvest today includes 5 Piccolos, 4 Kellogg's Breakfast tomatoes, 3 Cherokee Chocolates, 3 Salisaw Cafes, 2 Black Plum Pastes, Stupice, Evan's Italian Plum, Green Grape, Micro Tom, Polish Pastel (6 ounces), Italian Market Wonder, Jaune Flamme, Black Krim, Gregori's Altai, and a gorgeous Painted Ukrainian (16.5 ounces).

Today we reached 4000 tomatoes for the year! This pales compared to last year's numbers but we trudge on nonetheless.

We visited a farm in Fillmore that had an open house. This farm grows tomatoes for the Encino Farmer's Market (and other Farmer's Markets). Wow, what an education! They had a very scientific method to their watering and growing of their tomatoes. I'm not joking when I say that some of the tomato vines were 20 and 30 feet long. Again, no joke. Playing on an old joke, they've forgotten more about tomatoes than I'm ever going to know. We came away with a lot of good ideas for next year's tomatoes!

Our Manchester Terrier knocked off a good sized Kellogg's Breakfast and an Evan's Italian Plum, ruining them both.