Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Harvested Crimson Cushion!

Today's harvest includes 9 SunGold, 6 Husky Cherry Red(1), 3 Husky Cherry Red(2), 3 SunSugar 2 Sweet Baby Girl, 2 Sweet 100 and Crimson Cushion (new) for a total of 26 tomatoes.

I spent a fair amount of time training and pruning the yellowing and browing branches last evening. This behavior is natural as the plant will concentrate on fruit production. Don't start watering to try to turn yellow branches green again -- it will never happen. Our SunGold plant is about six and a half feet tall already, but most of the branches in the bottom foot have been cut away. This is a good thing -- it means there's lots of fruit that need nourishment!

While I wasn't exhaustive in my searching, I did look underneath a lot of tomato plants looking for new maturing fruit. Short of Crimson Cushion, I didn't see any. I saw a fair amount of tomatoes that look pretty close to turning color, but none turning color. Is this an issue? Nope, it's more a function of the weather. A few days ago it got up to almost 98 degrees, and the harvest numbers go higher. Well, they'd go up anyway at this time of the year but it spiked higher than expected. The last few days have cooled off. We probably won't hit yesterday's 45 total for a few days. When the temperature spikes, the harvest spikes a couple days afterward above and beyond the normal upslope.

My wife watered in the fertilizer in the containers and most of the front yard plants. She had watered on Monday, so she watered just enough for the fertilizer to soak into the ground, meaning she barely watered.

We had some of our Nyagous(1) tomatoes in a pasta dish last night. The pasta and the tomatoes were delicious!

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