Friday, August 13, 2010

Harvested Over 1000 Tomatoes For August!

Today's harvest includes 24 SunGold, 8 Snow White (front yard), 7 Gajo de Melon, 5 Snow White (back yard), 4 Yellow Perfection, 4 Violet Jasper, 2 Michael Pollan, 2 Brown Berry, 2 Plum Tigris, 2 Weeping Charlie, 2 Patio, 2 Jaune Flamme(2), 2 Black, 2 Azoychka/not Azoychka, Gypsy, Thessaloniki, Zapotec Pleated, Berkeley Tie-Dye Heart, Emerald Evergreen, Green Grape, Sweet 100, Principe Borghese, Taxi, Black Oxheart (6 ounces), Husky Cherry Red, Babywine, Miss Elliotte Black, Garden Peach, Black Krim, SunSugar and Large Pink Anna (11.5 ounces) for a total of 85 tomatoes.

My wife watered the front yard tomato plants yesterday evening and the back yard tomato plants the day before.

We've now harvested over 1000 tomatoes for the month of August (1070)! Our harvest numbers for August has been consistent – 83/84/72/80/69/74/83/91/93/86/87/83/85. I expect the total to drop as SunGold's harvest numbers begin to fall.

We've also harvested over 3000 tomatoes in the front yard this year (3043).

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Harvested Over 200 Front Yard Snow White Tomatoes!

Today's harvest includes 22 SunGold, 8 Yellow Perfection, 8 Snow White (front yard), 4 Husky Cherry Red, 3 Babywine, 3 Brown Berry, 3 Gajo de Melon, 3 Jaune Flamme(2), 2 Thessaloniki, 2 Berkeley Tie-Dye Heart, 2 Principe Borghese, 2 Miss Elliotte Black, 2 Violet Jasper, Stupice, Japanese Black Trifele, Poma Amoris Minora Lutea, Garden Peach, Black Krim, SunSugar, Topaz, Lyn's Mahogany Garnet, Red Currant(1), Red Boar, Dr. Wyche's Yellow(2), Snow White (back yard), T. C. Jones, Enchantment, Nyagous, Gypsy, Michael Pollan, Azoychka/not Azoychka and Pineapple (7 ounces) for a total of 83 tomatoes.

We've now harvested over 200 front yard Snow White tomatoes (206)! And the tomatoes from this plant are still excellent, at least twice the size of the tomatoes harvested from the back yard Snow White plant. This plant does not look like a typical volunteer – it's lush, strong and still a vibrant green.

Also we've harvested over 100 Gajo de Melon tomatoes (101). We plan on bringing some of the Gajo de Melon tomatoes to the Culver City tomato tasting this Saturday at Surfas.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Harvested Over 5500 Tomatoes This Year!

Today's harvest includes 30 SunGold, 7 Snow White (front yard), 7 Violet Jasper, 5 Husky Cherry Red, 5 Yellow Perfection, 4 Brown Berry, 3 Babywine, 3 Thessaloniki, 2 Gajo de Melon, 2 Snow White (back yard), 2 SunSugar, 2 Garden Peach, 2 Michael Pollan, Miss Elliotte Black, Japanese Black Trifele, Poma Amoris Minora Lutea, Stupice, Topaz, Lyn's Mahogany Garnet, Plum Tigris, Marianna's Peace, Zapotec Pleated, Gypsy, White Currant, Azoychka/not Azoychka and Toni's Round for a total of 87 tomatoes.

We've now harvested over 5500 tomatoes for the year (5547)! This has been an excellent year for taste but we won't have numbers to compare with last year. Last year we harvested over 11,000 tomatoes with 20 fewer plants.

It looks like our harvest numbers will drop soon. SunGold, our largest producer by far, looks like it will slow down by next week.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Harvested Aunt Ruby's German Green(2)!

Today's harvest includes 30 SunGold, 7 Snow White (front yard), 4 Husky Cherry Red, 3 White Currant, 3 Gajo de Melon, 3 Yellow Perfection, 3 Jaune Flamme(2), 3 Violet Jasper, 2 Michael Pollan, 2 Babywine, 2 Red Currant(1), 2 Sweetie, 2 Nyagous, 2 Red Grape, Thessaloniki, Gypsy, Taxi, T. C. Jones, Enchantment, Snow White (back yard), Berkeley Tie-Dye Heart, Dr. Wyche's Yellow(2), Dr. Wyche's Yellow(1) (7.5 ounces), Sweet Tangerine, Principe Borghese, Carmello, Poma Amoris Minora Lutea, Japanese Black Trifele, Garden Peach, Miss Elliotte Black, Persimmon and Aunt Ruby's German Green(2) (new) for a total of 86 tomatoes.

It's good to see the second Aunt Ruby's German Green tomato plant finally get a ripe tomato! At one point the plant was a good four and a half feet tall, green, healthy...with no tomatoes. Finally it got a tomato but it seemed to be maturing very slowly, so slowly that I stopped looking at the plant. At some point this tomato took off and was harvested today, coming in at just under six ounces. There are more tomatoes growing on this plant.

Monday, August 9, 2010

Harvested Over 1100 SunGold Tomatoes This Year!

Today's harvest includes 24 SunGold, 7 Snow White (front yard), 6 Garden Peach, 5 Violet Jasper, 5 Husky Cherry Red, 5 Snow White (back yard), 5 Yellow Perfection, 3 White Currant, 3 Gajo de Melon, 3 Topaz, 3 Michael Pollan, 2 Stupice, 2 Japanese Black Trifele, 2 Poma Amoris Minora Lutea, 2 Babywine, 2 Black Krim (6 ounces, 8 ounces), 2 Principe Borghese, 2 Jaune Flamme(2), Gypsy, Thessaloniki, Black, Enchantment, T. C. Jones, Berkeley Tie-Dye Heart, Weeping Charlie, Sweet Tangerine, Red Currant(2) and Orange Fleshed Purple Smudge for a total of 93 tomatoes.

We've now harvested over 1100 SunGold tomatoes! While the latest SunGold tomatoes are smaller than the ones harvested last month, they still taste good. The harvest numbers for SunGold have been quite steady for August – 28/21/21/28/20/21/21/27/24/24. I'll expect these numbers to drop as the month proceeds.

Our local newscast put up a graphic that stated in June had 24 days below normal temperatures, July had 24 days below normal temperatures and all eight days of August below normal temperatures for the month. That's why our tomato plants are relatively small this year!

This is the fifth day in a row in which we've increased our harvest numbers.

By comparison to 2009, though, this will be a low harvest. In August 2009, our first day below 100 harvested tomatoes was August 20, 2009. This year we haven't had one day above 100 harvested tomatoes for August.

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Harvested Over 300 Violet Jasper Tomatoes This Year!

And today's harvest includes 24 SunGold, 7 Husky Cherry Red, 6 Snow White (front yard), 5 Babywine, 4 Principe Borghese, 4 Azoychka/not Azoychka, 3 Gajo de Melon, 3 Jaune Flamme(2), 3 Yellow Perfection, 3 Violet Jasper, 3 Large Pink Anna (16.5 ounces, 14 ounces, 8 ounces), 3 Poma Amoris Minora Lutea, 2 Michael Pollan, 2 Sweetie, 2 Red Currant(2), 2 T. C. Jones, 2 Gypsy, 2 White Currant, Thessaloniki, Black, Sweet Tangerine, Black Oxheart, Red Currant(1), Carmello, Sweet 100, Japanese Black Trifele, Orange Fleshed Purple Smudge, Aunt Ruby's German Green(1) and Miss Elliotte Black for a total of 91 tomatoes.

We've now harvested over 300 Violet Jasper tomatoes (302)! This tomato plant really took off in early July and then tapered off. Now it seems to be getting a second wind.

Also, we've harvested over 2500 back yard tomatoes this year.

The harvested Large Pink Anna tomatoes are beautiful.

We tried the Black tomato. I liked it, my wife really liked it.

My wife and I took a water safety and CPR class yesterday as part of our ongoing education. We had a good speaker that made it interesting.

This is the fourth day in a row the harvest numbers have increased.