Saturday, July 18, 2009

Berkeley Tie Dye, Super Snow White Maturing

Today's harvest includes 32 Red Currant, 16 White Currant, 11 Red Grape, 9 Yellow Perfection, 8 front yard Garden Peach, 8 Snow White, 7 Jaune Coeur de Pigeon, 5 Sweet 100, 5 Babywine, 4 Black Cherry, 4 Green Grape, 3 Italian Ice, 3 Japanese Black Trifele, 3 Tiger Paw, 3 Aunt Ruby's German Green (7 ounces, 8 ounces), 3 Turkish Striped Monastery, 3 Black Krim (6 ounces, 6 ounces, 12 ounces), 3 back yard Garden Peach(1), 2 Orange Blossom, 2 Amazon Chocolate (9.5 ounces, 9.5 ounces), 2 Sweet Olive, 2 front yard Mexico (one 8.5 ounces), 2 Cuor de Bue (one 6 ounces) Vintage Wine, a back yard Husky Cherry Red, Black From Tula (15 ounces!) and Paul Robeson for a total of 144 tomatoes.

Today's Black From Tula is the heaviest tomato picked this year.

We'll pick Super Snow White tomorrow. Finally, Berkeley Tie Dye has a couple of maturing tomatoes. The back yard Mexico has a maturing tomato but it looks like it's rotting out. I've already thrown away one large rotting tomato from this plant.

A couple things...our totals may start leveling off as the container plants are looking more and more exhausted. Now both Red Grape and Italian Ice are on the downslope of the harvest curve. Both plants could get a second wind but their numbers are dropping and will continue to drop in the next several weeks.

All the plants with no harvested tomatoes look good. The Zebras look especially good. Early Annie has a lot of blown out blooms but that's to be expected with a very late planting and hot weather.

I used the stakes bought a couple of days ago.

I watered the front yard tomato plants this morning.

I should also mention a possible “volunteer” in Alongi Row. Alongi Row is the strip of dirt north of our driveway that we shared with the prior owner, Mr. Alongi. The volunteer is now about 3 or 4 inches high.

A volunteer tomato plant is one growing out of the ground that one didn't intend to have grow there, usually from seeds from fallen fruit. It's growing next to a planted sunflower. Everybody I know has had a volunteer tomato plant...except me. I thought I had one last year, but that proved not to be true later on. I held off mentioning it until now, making sure it looked like a tomato plant. It does.

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