Thursday, July 1, 2010

The Tomato Tide is Coming In!

Today's harvest includes 9 Violet Jasper, 7 White Currant, 6 SunGold, 5 Husky Cherry Red, 5 Dr. Wyche's Yellow(2) (one 8.5 ounces), 5 Stupice, 4 Black Cherry, 3 Principe Borghese, 3 Yellow Perfection, 2 Patio, 2 Babywine, 2 Red Currant(1), 2 Speckled Roman, SunSugar, Taxi, Red Currant(2), Sweet Tangerine, German Orange Strawberry, Snow White (back yard), Nyagous, Red Grape and Michael Pollan (new) for a total of 64 tomatoes, weighing in at over four pounds.

Due to a statistical anomaly, three out of the prior four days had a harvest total of 51 tomatoes. We went up to 64 today – the tomato tide is coming in!

I had been checking on a Michael Pollan tomato for some time – the bottom of this tomato had turned buttery yellow, indicating it should be maturing. However I hadn't harvested it before so it's hard to tell when it's really ready. I felt the tomato for several days and it didn't feel ready. Today it felt ready and came right off the vine.

My wife did a lot of watering yesterday. I think she watered all the tomatoes, front and back. She certainly got all of the front yard tomatoes.

A year ago today – the back yard tomato plants were towering over my wife. This year's back yard plants are at least a foot smaller. Repeating, this is due to the cooler weather. The results may be to push back the high harvest times to late July or perhaps even August. The highest harvest day last year was July 24 – 257 tomatoes. Last year's July 1 total was 42 tomatoes.

Don't be surprised if we see 300 – 350 for a harvest day later this month.

A Chile Verde is maturing. The Plum Tigris still isn't ready but it looks like it will be ready tomorrow.

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