Saturday, September 27, 2008

3 Tomatoes, One More Caterpillar

Today's haul includes 2 Old Ivory Eggs and Piccolo.

I got rid of a full sized caterpillar on Painted Ukrainian.

My wife watered the front yard yesterday.

It looks like I'll have the misnamed Stupice tomato plant (we don't know what it is, just that it's not Stupice) pulled by the gardeners today, as well as the other two mentioned previously.

Friday, September 26, 2008

Blanched Tomatoes Image

A while back I promised to post an image of our blanched tomatoes. It looked very appealing and made for a terrific sauce. Here's the image:


TomatoCasual.Com Picks Up The Story! has picked up on the Los Angeles Times and UPI articles. Their on line article can be found here.

As the article correctly claims, I was hoping to get to the 15000 tomato mark this year. Unfortunately due to a number of factors, it looks like we'll struggle to make the 4500 mark.

Thanks for the article, TomatoCasual!

At Least Two To Be Pulled This Weekend

Today's harvest includes 2 Piccolos, Salisaw Cafe, a very small Prairie Fire, Cherokee Chocolate and Evan's Italian Plum.

My wife watered the back yard plants yesterday.

It looks like Golden Jubilee and Arkansas Traveler will get pulled this weekend.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Those Were The Days...

I opened up the 2007 tomato spreadsheet recently. 2007 was a much better year for tomatoes for me than this year.

Here's what I harvested on Monday, July 9 2007. This date was not the largest harvest date for the month.

The haul included: 92 SunGolds, 47 Garden Peaches, 40 Husky Cherry Reds, 36 Snow Whites, 23 Red Pear Italians, 19 Health Kicks, 17 Black Cherries, 12 Red Currants, 10 Jaune Flammes, 9 Speckled Romans, 7 Green Grapes, 7 Kellogg's Breakfasts (12 ounces, 8 ounces, 13.5 ounces, 12 ounces, 9.5 ounces), 5 Mr. Stripeys (19 ounces, 21 ounces, 10 ounces, 11.5 ounces, 10 ounces), 5 Patios, 5 Mortgage Lifters (13 ounces, 14 ounces, 8.5 ounces, 12 ounces), 4 Green Zebras, 4 Noire Charbonneuse, 4 Jeff Davis (16 ounces, 12 ounces, 19.5 ounces, 23 ounces), 4 Gargantuas (7.5 ounces, 7 ounces, 8 ounces, 14 ounces), 3 Cherokee Purples (8.5 ounces, 6 ounces), 3 Garden Peaches (container) and 3 Black Krims (9.5 ounces, 8 ounces, 13 ounces). 359 tomatoes!

By comparison, the largest harvest total in 2008 was 164. The blog entry for this date can be found here.

My brother was married the day before. Those were the days!

New Blooms, Old Plants

Today's haul: 2 Piccolos, Stupice and Cherokee Chocolate.

Piccolo is now firmly in second place in the harvest totals for 2008.

I taped a few tomato plants in the morning – Kellogg's Breakfast, Aker's Plum and Sioux come to mind.

Several plants are getting new blooms after dropping all of their fruit. Aker's Plum actually has a couple of new tomatoes – will any others follow suit?

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Two Tomatoes, One Caterpillar, One Possum

Today's harvest: Piccolo and Thessaloniki.

I found another caterpillar, this one on Red Yellow Cap.

When time permits I need to do a little more taping and also determine if there are more plants to pull.

I watered the winter tomatoes this morning.

Also, I forgot to mention that we called Animal Control on Monday to get rid of a well fed possum. Perhaps the possum has been eating our back yard tomatoes? They've disappeared in a hurry...

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Three Tomatoes, Two Caterpillars

Today's harvest: Piccolo, Kimberly and Cherokee Chocolate.

I found two caterpillars, a full sized one on Aker's Plum (which showed indications of another caterpillar a few days ago, but I didn't find it until now) and a smaller one on Painted Ukrainian.

Last night my wife completed the watering of the front yard tomatoes. Also, she did a lot of work on her roses.

Monday, September 22, 2008

The LA Times Story Reaches Italy!

The tomato story has reached the Italian newspaper La Stampa. The on line article can be found here.

Can anyone translate?

One More Tomato

Today's haul: Piccolo.

Again, that's it. Sigh.

I watered part of the front yard, but I had to stop because dozens of wasps appeared to be coming out of a plant. I hit it with wasp spray. Then breakfast was served and I never got back to complete the watering.

The winter tomato plants are looking good. My wife got on me because I haven't been paying much attention to them. Oh, I've been watering them and such but as I told her, they're a bit of an afterthought for me. She would like me to track them more seriously. Maybe I'll get my wife to post to the blog more often. We'll see.

Yesterday we spent most of the day at the Los Angeles County Fair. Again, we didn't get back home until after 11 PM.

Sunday, September 21, 2008

One Tomato, One Caterpillar

Today's harvest: Cherokee Chocolate.

That's it!

This was the first day in which I haven't harvested a front yard tomato since May 23.

Yesterday, our seed lady threw a end of summer/first anniversary party for us and others. Needless to say, a good time was had by all – we had more food than could be eaten even though several dozen people showed up.

I did find a large caterpillar on Sioux. My guess is that this caterpillar crossed over from Salisaw Cafe – the Sioux tomato plant leans into Salisaw Cafe.