Today's harvest includes 18 Black Cherry, 11 Garden Peach(2), 11 Snow White(2), 6 Babywine, 6 Yellow Perfection, 6 Snow White(1), 4 front yard Husky Cherry Red, 4 Oaxacan Jewel(2), 3 back yard Husky Cherry Red, 3 Turkish Striped Monastery, 2 Paul Robeson, 2 Jaune Coeur de Pigeon, 2 Black Krim (one 6 ounces), Oaxacan Jewel(1), Silvery Fir Tree, Vintage Wine, Japanese Black Trifele, Amazon Chocolate and Orange Blossom for a total of 84 tomatoes.
We've now reached over 8500 harvested tomatoes for the year (8512)!
Also, we've already reached more than half the estimated harvest total of 700 tomatoes for September (376) on the 6th of the month.
The tomato “bump” is both a happy and bewildering event – the tomatoes look pretty good (in some cases quite good) but there was no way to predict this rise in the harvest totals! Exactly one week ago we picked 30 tomatoes for the day. Today, we're nearly triple that amount.
Today we didn't harvest from our container plants! The last day we did not harvest from a container plant was June 13.
Now we have a good idea why we're having trouble finding caterpillars! Last night my wife and I were sitting near the back yard Husky Cherry Red plant. I hadn't mentioned yet that this plant has suffered some minor damage due to caterpillars simply because I can't find them! Nevertheless, my wife found one near the top of a damaged stem.
I looked it over (the caterpillar was at an odd angle) and yep, that's our second caterpillar! So I grabbed it, tossed it to the ground...and there was a praying mantis attached to the other end, eating it! That explains everything! The praying mantis bugs are taking care of the caterpillars for us!