Friday, November 21, 2008


Yesterday: Didn't look for tomatoes, didn't feel well all day.

Today's harvest: A winter tomato and Piccolo.

However, the winter tomato had damage on it and had to be discarded.

My wife watered the back yard, moved a couple roses in the front yard, watered “Alongi Row” and started working on our second bedroom!

The second bedroom became the catch-all room when we moved in together. Boxes were floor to ceiling in this room when I first moved in. Since then, I broke down all the boxes, put up my bookcases, hooked up a computer and two printers and organized things to a degree. Trouble was, there simply isn't enough room for all our things, even after reorganizing the garage. Bags and containers are littered on the floor. When people would visit we would invariably close the door to this room.

My wife, bless her heart, started dusting this room yesterday afternoon in an effort to begin reorganizing what's left in this room.

Come to think of it, my wife went with our neighbor to buy wood for our replacement fence.

What didn't she do yesterday?

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Closing In On 4500 Tomatoes For The Year...

Today's haul: A winter tomato and Piccolo.

My wife watered the front yard early in the day.

Slowly but surely we're closing in on 4500 tomatoes for the year. I'm not counting the winter tomatoes in this total.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Cleaning Up

Today's harvest: Nothing.

Not much to report regarding the tomatoes...a couple of Piccolos are maturing. Aker's Plum, which is sprawling on the concrete walkway, is getting marked by the Manchester Terrier.

My wife spent a lot of time in and out of the house getting rid of the ashes from the fires. It took all day.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Catching Up...

Friday's haul: Nothing.

We had a medical issue to deal with in the morning, which didn't leave time to look for tomatoes in the morning.

My wife watered the front yard.

Saturday's harvest: A winter tomato and Cherokee Chocolate.

The air was very smoky because of the local fires. The gardeners came early, around 8:30 AM but we sent them home. It was simply too unhealthy for them to work in the garden. Therefore, the plants to be pulled will live another week unless my wife pulls them.

I did take a good look at the tomato plants, though. I decided that Evan's Italian Plum should not be pulled, as the new growth (from the recent heat spell) looks really healthy. Black Plum Paste has two or three tomatoes on it. Black Cherry has a tomato on it that's too high for the Manchester Terrier to get at. The Lime Green Salad in the back yard has at least three tomatoes on it. Old Ivory Egg has several tomatoes on it.

Sunday's haul: Prairie Fire.

Again, the air was too smoggy and smoky to go outside for any real length of time. Our two dogs got a bath. Since we were near the plants, I noticed that Pierce's Pride had a second tomato growing and Aker's Plum has at least three tomatoes growing on it (albeit easily picked off by the Manchester Terrier). It looks like we will reach the 4500 mark before the end of the year.

By the way, while the tomatoes aren't as delicious as they were in July, there's still good enough. My wife made a great meat sauce last week using the harvested tomatoes. It was delicious!

Today's haul: Piccolo.

You should see the ash sitting on our tomato plants.

Hey, at least we aren't anywhere near the fires.