Saturday, June 30, 2012

An Indigo Rose is Maturing!

Today's harvest includes 21 SunGold, 18 Husky Cherry Red(1), 14 Husky Cherry Red(2), 4 Red Currant, 3 Nyagous(1), 2 Matt's Wild Cherry, 2 Sweet Baby Girl, 2 Yellow Currant, Sweet Million, Ella's Pink Plum, Black Cherry(1), Carmello and SunSugar for a total of 71 tomatoes.

I had another Yellow Furry Boar harvested but it had both damage and a worm on it. Nope. Thrown away, doesn't count.

A fair amount of new maturing tomatoes are almost ripe -- I'll probably pick them tomorrow.

New plants with maturing tomatoes include Indigo Rose(!), Snow White(1), Black and Brown Boar(2) and Chinese Tea.

Friday, June 29, 2012

Harvested (and Tossed) Yellow Furry Boar!

Yesterday's harvest includes 18 SunGold, 15 Husky Cherry Red(1), 11 Husky Cherry Red(2), 10 Sweet Baby Girl, 10 Sweet 100, 4 Nyagous(1), 4 Black Cherry(1), 3 Sweet Million, 3 SunSugar, 2 Matt's Wild Cherry, 2 Red Currant, 2 Yellow Perfection, Yellow Furry Boar (new) for a total of 85 tomatoes.

Today's harvest includes 23 SunGold, 17 Husky Cherry Red(2), 16 Husky Cherry Red(1), 6 Sweet 100, 4 Nyagous(1), 4 Matt's Wild Cherry, 4 Yellow Currant, 4 SunSugar, 3 Sweet Baby Girl, 2 Sweet Million, 2 Red Currant, 2 Black Cherry(1) and Crimson Cushion for a total of 88 tomatoes.

I was going to post that Yellow Furry Boar was a bit of a surprise, but it was damaged (It looked like a bird had pecked it). I figured my wife wouldn't try to salvage it, though it was a possibility. She didn't. She tossed it. I still counted this one because it didn't prematurely mature do to malformation -- it's just the first tomato for that plant got hit by a bird's beak.

The Green Zebra plant appears to be diseased.

I did a fair amount of staking and taping yesterday evening. A fair amount of plants are leaning due to growing up out the top of the cage and getting top heavy. It's getting harder and harder to maneuver around some of these plants...

My wife watered the patio tomato plants yesterday.

Taxi, Creme Brulee and Jaune Flamme(2) have maturing tomatoes. I'm sure there are others. The maturing Dr. Wyche's Yellow is large.

We've now harvested over 200 SunGold (217) tomatoes.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Harvested Thessaloniki, Black Cherry(2) and Redfield Beauty!

This morning's harvest includes 18 SunGold, 12 Sweet Baby Girl, 11 Husky Cherry Red(1), 6 Husky Cherry Red(2), 3 Matt's Wild Cherry, 3 SunSugar, 2 Nyagous(1), 2 Sweet Million, 2 Sweet 100, 2 Red Currant, 2 Yellow Perfection, Redfield Beauty (new), Thessaloniki (new), Black Cherry(2) (new), Yellow Currant and Black Cherry(1) for a total of 68 tomatoes.

Yesterday evening I took a little time to look at the tomatoes. Black Cherry(2) was a surprise -- the tomato I was looking at was not only maturing, it was ready for harvest. So I harvested it this morning. I saw a small Redfield Beauty maturing. I decided to harvest it right away because the tomato had some large flaws. We're not going to be able to eat it as is. My wife will cut it up and save the good parts for a salad or a dish. It was good enough to use, so it gets counted.

But the main issue was with the two Husky Cherry Red tomato plants. The two plants had been sprawling. A couple of the branches were getting so heavy that they were doubling over due to the weight of the tomatoes. I've been essentially avoiding the repair work until I had more time. I had "fixed" one branch yesterday morning but by the time I got back in the evening, the branch was wilting. The branch developed a weakness that affected the rest of the branch. I brought my wife over to literally stand between the two plants (propping them both up where they met), added a couple of stakes and tape. We lost about a dozen Husky Cherry Red tomatoes fixing the branches. It remains to be seen if the bad branch is saved. It had about 40 growing tomatoes on it.

But I also saw other maturing tomatoes. These include Speckled Roman(2), Dr. Wyche's Yellow and this morning it appears that Giant Syrian is maturing.

The weather this week will top off in the low 90's. A lot of plants will get maturing tomatoes.

I won't be able to look at the plants this evening. I could have some surprises tomorrow morning.

Sorry for the late post, I had a busy morning...

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Harvested Black Cherry(1)!

Today's harvest includes 23 SunGold, 9 Husky Cherry Red(1), 7 Sweet Baby Girl, 6 Sweet 100, 5 Husky Cherry Red(2), 2 Sweet Million, 2 Matt's Wild Cherry, Black Cherry(1) (new), Yellow Perfection, Nyagous(1), Crimson Cushion, SunSugar and Green Grape for a total of 60 tomatoes.

I didn't do any work on the tomatoes yesterday evening. Around this time of the year I'm doing a bit of "gathering", taping, staking and looking for maturing tomatoes. I missed Black Cherry(1). The one harvested today was tiny, but there's plenty of larger tomatoes maturing for Black Cherry(1).

My wife watered the front yard tomatoes, the container plants, the tomato plants in the redwood raised bed and the ones by the lemon tree. She'll complete the watering this morning.

We've now harvested over 500 tomatoes for the month and for the year.

Monday, June 25, 2012

Harvested Noire Charbonneuse(1) and Carmello!

Today's harvest includes 21 SunGold, 11 Husky Cherry Red(2), 8 Sweet 100, 8 Husky Cherry Red(1),  6 Sweet Baby Girl, 3 Yellow Currant, 3 Matt's Wild Cherry, 3 SunSugar, 2 Green Grape, 2 Nyagous(1), Noire Charbonneuse(1) (new), Carmello (new), Sweet Million and Red Currant for a total of 71 tomatoes.

Yesterday my mother-in-law and her older sister came to visit. We roasted zucchini, eggplant, chile, chicken and skewered tomatoes on the barbeque. The food was good and the company was good as well. We visited a local carnival in our neighborhood for a short period of time. We gave most of our remaining harvested tomatoes to our relatives to take home.

I did a fair amount of hand trimming old and yellowing tomato leaves in the front yard in the evening.

Noire Charbonneuse was my favorite tomato of 2007. The one we harvested today was a little blotchy, but it was ready to harvest.

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Harvested 100 Husky Cherry Red(1) Tomatoes!

Today's harvest includes 12 SunGold, 11 Husky Cherry Red(1), 11 Husky Cherry Red(2), 4 Green Grape, 2 Sweet Baby Girl, 2 Sweet 100, Yellow Perfection, Matt's Wild Cherry, Yellow Currant and SunSugar for a total of 46 tomatoes.

Yesterday morning my wife cut up several tomatoes for us to eat for breakfast. Her description of Green Grape: "Heaven!". Nyagous -- "Better than Green Grape". Ella's Pink Plum -- "Not much flavor". I tried the three of them and had to agree on all the opinions. Nyagous had a juicier taste than Green Grape. Ella's Pink Plum was "crunchy" and didn't have much flavor. But it would make a good support tomato in a salad or a sauce. Also, we may have picked it too early.

We gave almost all of our uneaten tomatoes to our friends Elizabeth and Ricardo. They gave us at least 30 pounds of zucchini!

We've now harvested 100 Husky Cherry Red(1) tomatoes. Yesterday we harvested over 100 SunGold tomatoes for the year.