Thursday, August 26, 2010

Harvested Back Yard Aunt Ruby's German Green Today!

Today's harvest includes 15 Snow White (front yard), 9 Principe Borghese, 6 SunGold, 4 Violet Jasper, 2 Husky Cherry Red, 2 Red Currant(2), 2 Pierce's Pride (one 7.5 ounces), 2 Black From Tula, 2 Yellow Perfection, 2 Aunt Ruby's German Green (back yard) (new), Japanese Black Trifele, Aunt Ruby's German Green(1), Aunt Ruby's German Green(2), Babywine, Black Krim, SunSugar, Dr. Wyche's Yellow(1), Weeping Charlie, Berkeley Tie-Dye Heart, Black Zebra, Snow White (back yard), Thessaloniki and Toni's Round for a total of 59 tomatoes.

Almost for certain this will be the only day this year in which we harvest from all three Aunt Ruby's German Green tomato plants.

We've now harvested over 3500 tomato plants from the front yard (3520).

I've been soaking our compost pile over the last couple of days. It's working – I see the pile has fallen a few inches.

I watered the front yard tomato plants this morning. I watered the back yard tomato plants and fertilized the container plants a couple days ago.

Oooh, I forgot to mention that when I watered the back yard, I discovered another tomato volunteer!

There won't be another update for a few days as I will be out of town until Sunday.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Harvested Over 6500 Tomatoes This Year!

Today's harvest includes 17 Snow White (front yard), 9 Principe Borghese, 3 Violet Jasper, 3 SunGold, 3 Yellow Perfection, 2 Black From Tula, 2 Husky Cherry Red, 2 Black Krim (8.5 ounces), Patio, SunSugar, Miss Elliotte Black, Poma Amoris Minora Lutea, Japanese Black Trifele, Red Currant(1), Big Pink, Green Zebra, Weeping Charlie, Black Oxheart, Dr. Wyche's Yellow(1), Marianna's Peace, Berkeley Tie-Dye Heart, Jaune Flamme(2), Thessaloniki, Azoychka/not Azoychka and Paul Robeson for a total of 58 tomatoes.

Several milestones were reached today. We've now harvested over 6500 tomatoes for the year (6508). And we've now harvested over 3000 tomatoes in the back yard (3021). And we've harvested over 400 front yard Snow White tomatoes (414).

But if you live in SoCal you know what what made yesterday memorable. It was hot! At Pierce College it got up to 109.6 degrees at 3:20 PM. It was over 109 at 2:30 in the afternoon, over 100 at noon. Need I say more?

And let me wish a happy birthday to my wonderful wife. Enjoy!

Monday, August 23, 2010

Harvested Big Pink!

Today's harvest includes 16 Snow White, 8 Principe Borghese, 4 Husky Cherry Red, 4 Snow White (back yard), 3 Violet Jasper, 3 Paul Robeson, 3 Red Currant(2), 2 Poma Amoris Minora Lutea, 2 Brown Berry, 2 Berkeley Tie-Dye Heart, 2 Yellow Perfection, 2 Gajo de Melon, Stupice, SunGold, Large Pink Anna, Black Krim, Lyn's Mahogany Garnet, Red Currant(1), Red Boar, Speckled Roman, Pierce's Pride, Dr. Wyche's Yellow(2), Topaz, Aunt Ruby's German Green(1), German Orange Strawberry, Pineapple (6.5 ounces), Jaune Flamme(2), Black Oxheart (7 ounces), Marianna's Peace, Azoychka/not Azoychka, Red Grape and Big Pink (new) for a total of 71 tomatoes.

The newly harvested Big Pink is a nice sized five ounce tomato. Unlike most of the harvest, there are no flaws with this tomato.

It seems like our harvest numbers are a little better due to the heat we're experiencing right now. After this heat wave our harvest numbers may plummet.

Oddly, the numbers have been quite consistent for the month so far. The harvest high is 93 tomatoes, the low is 60 tomatoes.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

First Tomato Plants Of The Year Pulled Yesterday

Today's harvest includes 7 Husky Cherry Red, 6 Principe Borghese, 6 Snow White (front yard), 5 Yellow Perfection, 4 Snow White (back yard), 4 Red Boar, 3 Poma Amoris Minora Lutea, 2 Red Grape, 2 Thessaloniki, 2 Black From Tula, 2 Dr. Wyche's Yellow(1), 2 Plum Tigris, 2 Sweetie, 2 Black Krim, Violet Jasper, Aunt Ruby's German Green(1), Miss Elliotte Black, SunGold, Red Currant(2), Pink Berkeley Tie Dye, Weeping Charlie, Pierce's Pride, Jaune Flamme(2), Gajo de Melon, Black and Gypsy for a total of 61 tomatoes.

Yesterday morning my wife and I had our cars serviced by our mechanic. When we came back in the afternoon there was time for me to pull out a few plants. Out went Garden Peach, Depp's Pink Firefly and Taxi.

Depp's Pink Firefly did nothing this year. Garden Peach was simply exhausted and got burned out by the heat. Taxi is a determinate tomato plant and so pulling it out at this time is perfectly normal.