Friday, June 4, 2010

Harvested 2 Red Currants

Today's harvest: 2 Red Currant(1).

Yesterday my wife watered most of the back yard, including about half of the tomato plants. Yesterday evening I watered portions of the front yard, but the only tomato watered was SunSugar.

This morning I watered all the other tomato plants in the front yard.

I noticed that a couple of Stupice tomatoes are ripening. In the back yard I noticed that a tomato on Red Currant(1) was ripening and hey! There's two ripe ones!

The above image is the south side of our Yellow Perfection tomato plant. As you see, it's doing quite well.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Heat Wave Coming...

I spent another half hour or so training and taping the tomato plants this morning.

I noted that Aunt Ruby's German Green(1) in the “koi pond” has a tomato on it.

Our seed lady informed us that her Ildi died as well, under similar circumstances. Perhaps the wind got it...who knows.

We're going to have a heat wave in the west San Fernando Valley. It should be hovering around 100 degrees for four days starting Sunday. That's too hot for the tomato buds to germinate – they get sterile at that temperature.

My wife was watering as much of the back yard as she could in anticipation of this heat wave. That's also why I've been doing more “training” than usual.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Ildi Died -- Cutworms or Windstorm?

In the late morning my wife called and told me that Ildi was dead. She noted it had the same damage that Saint Pierre had – weakness at the stem – and also in the same pot.

It's interesting to note that we had a bit of a windstorm two days before Saint Pierre died. Coincidence? We don't know. A likely scenario is that there's a cutworm in the soil that took out these two plants. To prevent further damage, I brought home a bunch of toothpicks during lunch hour. Later in the afternoon my wife strategically placed them into the soil around the remaining seedlings.

In the evening we ate the Stupice tomato. It was good, though perhaps a tad watery from being slightly overripe. My wife thought the skin was a little thick. The taste reminds us of Husky Cherry Red – simple tomato taste.

This morning I did a lot of “training”, a little over a half hour's worth of maneuvering branches. I could have done even more.

I noticed that Sweetie and Emerald Evergreen have tomatoes on them.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Harvested Stupice

Today's harvest: Stupice.

I posted last night so there wasn't much change since then. A little bit of training and I harvested the one tomato.

But I did notice a tomato on Depp's Pink Firefly this morning.

Monday, May 31, 2010

Harvested Our First Tomato!

Saturday night we finally planted Big Pink. We're now managing 77 plants and three seedlings.

Later in the night I adjusted the on line 2010 Back Yard Tomatoes document and the 2010 Tomatoes spreadsheet to reflect the new tomato.

We harvested our first tomato Sunday morning! As you see above, well, it wasn't much of a tomato. It's a Red Currant, even smaller than the average Red Currant, which is tiny enough. I ate it. It didn't have much flavor but then again, there wasn't much tomato to taste.

My wife informed me that a Stupice was turning. By the time I looked at it the tomato was turning red. It appears to be about four ounces in weight.

We spent most of Sunday at a party at Liz and Ricardos. We had a great time!

Today I did a little bit of training and noticed that Pink Berkeley Tie Dye has a tomato on it. I can't find the growing tomato on Depp's Pink Firefly so I might have a false alarm there. I'll continue to try to locate the tomato on that plant.

I didn't harvest the Stupice and will probably harvest it tomorrow

We spent the afternoon at my wife's parent's house.