Saturday, September 29, 2012

"Harvested" 11 Hornworms!

Monday's harvest: SunGold.
Tuesday's harvest: SunGold and Snow White(2) for a total of 2 tomatoes.
Wednesday's harvest: 3 SunGold, Husky Cherry Red(1) and Husky Cherry Red(2) for a total of 5 tomatoes.
Thursday's harvest: SunGold.
Friday's harvest: 2 SunGold, Husky Cherry Red(1) and Husky Cherry Red(2) for a total of 4 tomatoes.
Today's harvest: 3 Husky Cherry Red(1), 2 Husky Cherry Red(2), SunGold and Snow White(2) for a total of 7 tomatoes.

Last week I noticed signs of hornworms -- I noticed the excrement on the brick path underneath SunGold. But quick glances discovered no hornworms and no damage. But on Monday I noticed a hornworm on Snow White(2). That trained my eye for discovering hornworms and I found them throughout the week. Here's the breakdown:

Monday: Snow White(2).
Tuesday: 3 SunGold
Wednesday: 4 SunGold, Snow White(2).
Friday: Snow White(2)

I found 8 hornworms on SunGold and 3 hornworms on Snow White(2). And now I see the damage, mild damage on both plants.

The cooler night time temperatures has allowed fruit to set on all the tomato plants. However, we should have record breaking high temperatures this Monday. It's already been up to 96.0 today.

No milestones, but there's enough growing tomatoes to reach a few milestones over the next several weeks.

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Pulled Out 18 Tomato Plants

There was no harvest on Saturday.

However, the gardeners came and pulled out plenty of tomato plants. The carnage included Sweet 100, Copper River, Big Bite, Carmello, Thessaloniki, Giant Syrian, German Orange Strawberry, Snow White(1), Black and Brown Boar(2), Purple Dog Creek, Delicious, Neves Azorean Red, Italian Heirloom, Amazon Chocolate, Amana Orange, Aunt Ruby's German Green, Watermelon and Pineapple(2) -- 18 plants in all. I might have kept one or two of those, but a vast majority were ready to go. We're left with 6 plants left but one of them was missed by the gardeners. We have 5 good ones remaining.

Both Husky Cherry Red tomato plants are still going even though they were planted in February. They're tough, rugged plants that take a licking and keep on ticking...

Yesterday got up to 101.9. The heat just will not let up for any appreciable period of time...

Today's harvest includes 4 Husky Cherry Red(2), SunGold and Husky Cherry Red(1) for a total of 6 tomatoes.