Saturday, August 30, 2008

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Planted Two More Winter Tomatoes

Today's harvest includes 4 Piccolos, 2 Stupice, Old Ivory Egg, Lime Green Salad (back yard), Golden Jubilee, Salisaw Cafe and Zhezha (back yard).

I got two more winter tomatoes planted, Husky Cherry Red and Jetsetter. We have one more tomato to plant.

My wife and I discussed which tomato plants will be taken out by the gardener on Saturday. Big Rainbow and Radiator Charlie's Mortgage Lifter will be gone.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Prepared The "Koi Pond" dirt

Today's haul includes 2 Evan's Italian Plums, 2 Piccolos, Carbon, Sioux, Salisaw Cafe, Stupice, Golden Jubilee, Cherokee Chocolate and Kellogg's Breakfast.

I turned the dirt in the open area in the “koi pond” as well as watered the front yard. But because of other responsibilities, I couldn't plant any of the new tomato plants. Maybe tonight.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008


Today's harvest includes 6 Piccolos, 2 Italian Market Wonders, Kimberly, Cherokee Chocolate, Black Plum Paste and Golden Jubilee. Not much...

My wife gave a selection of harvested tomatoes to our seed lady at lunch.

The new tomato plants appear fine, but we need to get the other three in the ground.

Monday, August 25, 2008

Happy Birthday Sweetie!!

Today's haul included 6 Piccolos, 4 Stupices, Polish Pastel, Painted Ukrainian (6 ounces), Carbon, Black Plum Paste, Evan's Italian Plum (6 ounces), Cherokee Chocolate, Pierce's Pride (8.5 ounces), Italian Market Wonder and Olga's Round Yellow Chicken.

Yesterday we pulled out Blue Fruit to make more room for the winter tomatoes.

I turned the dirt in the “Corner Office”, mixed in some planting mix and turned again. My wife and I planned on planting four tomatoes here, but only planted two. It simply got too hot to do more gardening. The ones planted were Glacier and Patio.

On Saturday, my wife did a lot of gardening. Included in the gardening was moving some of the tomato container plants in the back yard. She watered the front yard and when I came back from my appointments, I watered the back yard. Yesterday I moved to last two containers into the back yard.

This morning I got up early and planted a third tomato plant in the “Corner Office”, Siberia. Another cold weather tomato planted on a day that will get over 100 degrees (yesterday got up to 104 here).

I took off the blooms on Siberia and Glacier to encourage root growth. However, Glacier already had two tomatoes on it! I discussed this with my wife and we decided to leave the tomatoes on the vine.

As predicted earlier, today was the first day I only picked Piccolo for the front yard tomatoes. I still consider the containers moved to the back yard to be front yard tomatoes. Also, I picked off a full sized caterpillar on Thessaloniki.

Yesterday we spent most of the afternoon and evening celebrating my wife's birthday at Downtown Disney, at Ralph Brennan's Jazz Kitchen. We've never been disappointed going there and had another fun time with family and friends.

Happy Birthday Sweetie!!

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Removed Eight Tomato Plants Yesterday

Today's harvest includes 8 Piccolos, 4 Italian Market Wonders, 3 Stupice, Old Ivory Egg, Big Rainbow, Pierce's Pride (10 ounces), Evan's Italian Plum, Black Plum Paste, Arkansas Traveler, Olga's Round Yellow Chicken, Kellogg's Breakfast, Salisaw Cafe, Polish Pastel and Zhezha (back yard).

The slightly larger harvest was due to the fact I didn't pick on Saturday. I was out the door by 7AM and not back until 4PM or so, so I decided not to harvest.

However there was still news: 8 tomato plants were pulled by the gardener. 6 in the front and 2 in the back. The pulled ones were Aunt Ruby's German Green, Chocolate Stripes, Husky Cherry Red, Snow White Cherry, Garden Peach, Gregori's Altai, Jeff Davis and White Bush.

I saw damage to Green Grape and after about two minutes found a caterpillar on it. I got rid of it. Also, I spotted another tomato growing on the vines.

We reached the estimated harvest of 900 tomatoes today.

On another somewhat odd note, I found the shell of two grasshopper skins in a couple of the front yard tomato plants, one Old Ivory Egg. The grasshoppers molted while sitting in the plant.