Tuesday, November 1, 2011

October 2011 Tomato Analysis

The total harvest for October 2011 was 133 tomatoes. That is the third highest (and third lowest -- in other words, the middle of the pack) of the five years I've been tracking. The lowest was 26 in 2007; the highest was an astonishing 866 in 2009.

2007 year was a fabulous year. The low total was due to spending over 3 weeks on a honeymoon. It is my belief that if we weren't on a honeymoon, the October 2007 tomato total would be more that the October 2011 total. Granted, we were away for about 5 days this year, but my best estimate of the "loss" is 7 tomatoes. That isn't significant.

2009 was our largest overall harvest to date. The really high October numbers was due to replanting seedlings after vandalism. These plants got late starts, survived the hot summer, and produced in September and October. We kept getting hit, but we kept replanting.

So in practice I believe this month would have been the second worst of five seasons. I attribute it to not putting in enough new soil in our front yard. We'll try to correct that for next year.

Monday, October 31, 2011

Harvested Over 4000 Back Yard Tomatoes!

Tuesday's harvest includes 2 Matt's Wild Cherry, Husky Cherry Red(2), SunGold(1), SunSugar and Stupice for a total of 6 tomatoes.

Then had relatives house sit for five days while we were at a conference. We got back home yesterday evening. I told our housesitters that they could harvest whatever was ripe. I was told they did harvest but I didn't ask how many or what was harvested.

Today's harvest includes 3 Matt's Wild Cherry, 2 SunGold(1), 2 Stupice, Jaune Flamme and Husky Cherry Red(2) for a total of 9 tomatoes.

We've now harvested over 4000 tomatoes in the back yard (4002)!

There's a definite fall chill in the air this morning. If it starts getting too cold I'll have to pull the rest of the tomatoes. We're not there yet, but we're getting there.