Saturday, October 31, 2009

Harvested 1400 Snow White(1) Tomatoes!

And today's harvest includes 8 Snow White(2), 4 Snow White(1), 2 White Currant and a back yard Husky Cherry Red for a total of 15 tomatoes.

Snow White(1) has reached 1400 harvested tomatoes for 2009!

On Friday my wife watered a portion of the front yard.

Today my wife took out the Black Krim tomato plant in preparation of planting a winter garden in the “corner office”. There was a tomato left on the plant that needed a day or two of ripening so it was placed on our kitchen window sill.

The back yard harvest has now reached over 5300 tomatoes for the year (5301).

We ended up harvesting 866 tomatoes for the month of October.

Friday, October 30, 2009

It's Cold Again; Back On The Workout Routine

Today's harvest includes 7 Snow White(2), Snow White(1), Babywine and Old Ivory Egg for a total of 10 tomatoes.

It's cold again! It got down to 39.4 degrees this morning – right when I was harvesting at 7:20 AM. And there was just enough of a breeze to take away your body heat. Not good when you're wearing shorts. I wasn't particularly thorough with today's harvest.

I forgot to mention that when we were moving things around to store our air conditioner a couple days ago, I moved Patio Princess. Apparently a small caterpillar fell down from the plant. Yesterday morning I found a caterpillar on Italian Ice.

On a personal front, I was happy to complete my workout routine again. I had fallen off the wagon due to the bad air from the fires two months ago. I'd slowly build up again and then something else came up, etc... I wanted to work out when I was out of town at a conference, but that didn't happen.

So I completed 20 minutes/5 minute cool down on the elliptical for a burn of 335 calories and more importantly, 30 minutes of rowing for a burn of 390 calories. Toward the end of my rowing routine someone took the other machine and asked “How do you do it?”. That made me feel good. Now...I have to maintain it. Let's see if it happens.

Then the “2nd shift” started. After a shower and dinner I had to do stuff for out accountant, two clients, our computer user group, NetBook research and other assorted emails. I was going to move some files into a file cabinet but files were flopping around everywhere and spilling – I hit the wall.

Back to the tomatoes – Snow White(1) is inching toward 1400 harvested tomatoes (1396), Snow White(2) is headed toward a 1000 harvested tomatoes (971), Babywine is inching toward 500 harvested tomatoes (487) and overall we're heading toward 11,000 harvested tomatoes for the year (10920).

Thursday, October 29, 2009

I Develop Software!

Today's harvest includes 7 Snow White(2), 2 Babywine, Snow White(1), Black Krim and Dr. Wyche's Yellow(10 ounces) for a total of 12 tomatoes.

I forgot to mention in the last post that Old Ivory Egg got pushed around as well during the windstorm. It didn't fall but it does have a lean to the south.

Last night we took out an air conditioner in preparation of having our windows replaced. The problem wasn't taking out the air conditioner, it was finding a place to put it. We're out of room in our house!

The harvest went pretty quick today. The windstorm, while died down some, was still in existence and took away any body heat.

No back yard tomatoes were harvested today.

We've now inched over 10,900 harvested tomatoes for the year (10910).

A side note for the tomato lovers – I have a career as a software developer. Today I received a mention in the F1 Technologies blog. The mention can be found here.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009


Today's harvest includes 15 Snow White(2), 5 Snow White(1), 2 Dr. Wyche's Yellow (8.5 ounces, 10 ounces) and Husky Gold for a total of 23 tomatoes.

We had windstorms during the afternoon and evening hours yesterday. The wind knocked things around, as you can imagine. Green Zebra(2) was knocked to the ground, but it had a lean before the wind. Our green tarp on top of our new patio cover ripped from the corner tied to a rope. Unused metal tomato cages were tossed around. Our fence on the west side surrounding the “koi pond” has more of a sag because several of the staples came out of one of the posts where the fence was held. That's why I found more ripe Snow White tomatoes – the two plants had slightly moved, exposing different areas.

We've now harvested exactly 5600 tomatoes from the front yard this year.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Harvested A 15 Ounce Tomato Today

Today's harvest includes 6 Snow White(2), 3 Dr. Wyche's Yellow (15 ounces, 11 ounces), Snow White(1), Black Krim and White Currant for a total of 12 tomatoes.

While one Dr. Wyche's Yellow was expected, the other two were a surprise. A 15 ounce tomato this late in the season? I'm happily surprised!

We've now harvested over 800 tomatoes for the month, over 400 of them (404) are from one plant, Snow White(2).

Monday, October 26, 2009

Tomatoes In The News

And here's our latest batch of Tomatoes In The News:

New York Times – Tomato Salad With Turkish Tahini Dressing

Dallas Morning News – Tomatoes Grow In Rain Gutters

KPBS – Seeking Out The Tastiest Tomato: From The Garden To The Plate

Brisbane Times (Australia) – How To Grow The Perfect Tomatoes

The Winfield Daily Courier (KS) – Tips On Tomatoes

Brisbane Times (Australia) – Ripe For A Revolution

Jackson Citizen Patriot (MI) – In Season: As Frost Hits, Don't Miss Those Green Tomatoes

More Snow White(2) Tomatoes Are On The Vines

And today's harvest includes 15 Snow White(2), 2 Snow White(1), 2 back yard Husky Cherry Red, Black Krim and Old Ivory Egg for a total of 21 tomatoes.

I'm noticing some new tomatoes coming from the blooms of Snow White(2).

I watered a portion of the front yard yesterday but none of the the front yard tomato plants were watered.

Also, I've now verified that Turkish Striped Monastery can be pulled.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Harvested Over 900 Snow White(2) Tomatoes!

I didn't harvest on Saturday. The gardeners came and pulled out Silvery Fir Tree and Jaune Coeur de Pigeon for me.

Today's harvest includes 23 Snow White(2), 4 back yard Husky Cherry Red, 2 Snow White(1), Italian Ice, Yellow Perfection, Green Zebra(2), Old Ivory Egg, Babywine and a front yard Husky Cherry Red for a total of 35 tomatoes.

We've now harvested over 900 Snow White(2) tomatoes (921)! The harvest is picking up for this plant again and there's still plenty of blooms on the plant. Snow White(2) may continue producing tomatoes until the end of the year. It looks quite healthy.

Another plant that looks healthy is the back yard Husky Cherry Red. There's new growth and new growing tomatoes.

Italian Ice, Yellow Perfection and Turkish Striped Monastery can be pulled. I thought that Turkish Striped Monastery had tomatoes on it but on closer inspection they appear to be tied to Garden Peach.