Saturday, December 31, 2011

2011 Harvest Analysis

Here's the yearly harvests...

2007 - 10990 tomatoes, 33 tomato plants
2008 - 4503 tomatoes, 52 tomato plants
2009 - 11155 tomatoes, 61 tomato plants
2010 - 8092 tomatoes, 77 tomato plants
2011 - 9178 tomatoes, 77 tomato plants

The total harvest came in 3rd place out of 5 years, right in the middle of the pack.

As mentioned on other posts, we were quite happy with the taste of this year's harvest. Porkchop, Vorlon, Hungarian Heart and Clint Eastwood's Rowdy Red were some of this year's highlights. Porkchop, when harvested at the right time, was the best tomato I've eaten in maybe three years. Hungarian Heart was my wife's favorite this year.

But you can see why 2007 was an awesome year. 2nd place in harvest totals with less than half the plants of the past two years. That's what happens when you dig out a trench in the front yard, wheelbarrow the dug dirt in the back yard and replace with nearly pure compost.

Time and money permitting, we'll add a lot of compost over the next month or so.

Here's the top 10 harvest totals per tomato this year:

Matt's Wild Cherry -- 2727 (highest total all time!)
Snow White -- 944
SunGold(1) -- 623
Husky Cherry Red(2) -- 591
SunSugar -- 378
Husky Cherry Red(1) -- 323
Garden Peach -- 318
Haley's Purple Comet -- 216
Sweet Carneros Pink -- 202
Golden Mama -- 192

We're looking forward to 2012!

December 2011 Harvest Analysis

Here's the December harvests by year...

2007 - 0
2008 - 6
2009 - 39
2010 - 90
2011 - 140

So this year's December harvest was the highest ever. In fact, it was the highest even if you combine all previous years.

What are the implications? Not much...just that SunGold(1) took off very late in the year. We harvested 129 SunGold(1) tomatoes this month. And they were good!

If anything, this is an indication that it's good to plant sweet peas and sugar snap peas in the fall. The SunGold(1) took off when it "found" the soil previously used by the peas last winter.

That's It For 2011!

Yesterday's harvest: 2 SunGold(1) tomatoes.

Today's harvest: 17 SunGold(1) tomatoes.

The grafted SunSugar that my wife had severely cut back (from at least 5 feet in length down to an inch or 2) is recovering nicely.

And that's it for 2011!

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Harvested Over 600 SunGold(1) Tomatoes!

Saturday's harvest: 15 SunGold(1) tomatoes.

Monday's harvest: 9 SunGold(1) tomaotes.

Our "koi pond" fence has fallen down in places but SunGold(1) still produces. But the cold nights will be the downfall of this plant. My wife tasted these tomatoes and still was impressed with the taste. They're not only good, they're excellent!

We've now harvested over 600 SunGold(1) (604) tomatoes! SunGold(1) is now the third highest harvest total for an individual plant for 2011.