Tuesday, June 19, 2012

All Previous 2012 Harvested Tomatoes Were Harvested Today

Today's harvest includes 7 SunGold, 7 Sweet Baby Girl, 6 Nyagous(1), 6 Husky Cherry Red(1), 4 Yellow Perfection, 3 Matt's Wild Cherry, 3 Sweet 100, 3 Husky Cherry Red(2), 3 SunSugar, 2 Sweet Million and Red Currant for a total of 45 tomatoes.

SunGold has passed Husky Cherry Red(1) in production. Currently I've harvested 68 SunGold and 62 Husky Cherry Red(1) tomatoes. There's plenty more for both plants though SunGold should keep the lead.

Independently of yesterday's blog post, my wife harvested 5 Nyagous(1) yesterday morning. She noted that they were looking too soft -- essentially I waited too late to harvest this batch. She'll be able to save these by using them in cooking. I harvested a sixth one this morning.

I believe that every tomato harvested previously this year was also harvested today.

My wife finished watering the front yard tomatoes and completely watered the back yard tomatoes. That took over half the day. By the time I got home in the evening one of the plants in the back yard had fallen down. Don't panic, it didn't fall completely down, it fell into a rose bush. I believe the plant that fell was Nyagous(2). I called my wife over and she knew the drill -- she held the plant upright while I got a hammer, glove and a couple of stakes. I used two wooden stakes on the outside of the cage to "cradle" it and it seems no worse for the wear.

This morning another plant had fallen, but it had fallen into another plant. For this one I used a six foot, three quarter inch non-wooden stake and placed on the inside of the cage to support it.

So why do they fall? Three factors go into it. 1) A recent watering loosens the ground underneath 2) A relatively small cage compared to the others and 3) A plant that's outgrown the smaller cage. Essentially the plant becomes top heavy with vines and fruit. If the plant falls flat on the ground there's always some damage but that doesn't occur often. Usually they fall into another plant and that other plant prevents any real damage.

I didn't do much training at all yesterday. I can tell there's a lot to do.

I did add fertilizer to about eight plants in the front yard and the two Husky Cherry plants in the back yard. My wife may water it in today.

I don't see any maturing tomatoes that are changing to their mature color, but I do see a lot of tomatoes that are darkening. This is the step before they change to their mature color. Expect a lot of maturing tomatoes over the next couple weeks.

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