Saturday, June 15, 2013

Vorlon and Juliet Tomatoes Are Maturing!

Wednesday's harvest includes 2 Stupice, Clint Eastwood's Rowdy Red(1), Husky Cherry Red and Pierce's Pride for a total of 5 tomatoes.

Thursday's harvest includes 2 Stupice and Pierce's Pride for a total of 3 tomatoes.

Friday's harvest includes 2 Stupice, Pierce's Pride and Black and Brown Boar for a total of 4 tomatoes.

Today's harvest includes 3 Yellow Perfection and Husky Cherry Red for a total of 4 tomatoes.

Not too much happening this week. I've done intermittent training of the tomato plants. I've "harvested" three Porkchop tomatoes over the past week but all of them had bad blossom end rot. But I do have Juliet and Vorlon tomatoes ripening.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Grafted Tomato Plants In the South Garden

The grafted tomato plants in the "south garden" are doing particularly well. 

South Garden Grafted Tomatoes

Granted, plant size isn't the payoff window, it's the taste. But you can see there's a good, solid foundation to support a large harvest.


Does it look good to you?


The last image makes it look like one long hedge.

These plants are Black and Brown Boar, Gold Medal, Michael Pollan, Jersey Giant, Shah/Mikado and Missouri Pink Love Apple. These grafted plants are awfully high for mid-June!

Harvested Stupice!

Today's harvest: 5 Stupice (new), 2 Yellow Perfection, 2 Husky Cherry Red and Clint Eastwood's Rowdy Red(1) for a total of 10 tomatoes.

I did some minor tomato training last night while moving some plants in place. The plants were moved originally because our house's exterior was painted. Yesterday, some rain gutters were added.

An incomplete list of tomato plants with growing tomatoes include Gold Medal (mentioned in the last blog post), Grande, Amos Coli, Kentucky Beefsteak, Cuor de Bue, Orange Paruche and Juliet.

I make sure Pineapple got a good soaking last night. Brad's Black Heart has tomatoes but the plant looks terrible. But the grafted plants in the "south garden" look terrific.

Out of the tomatoes we taste tested during yesterday's dinner, Pierce's Pride was the most memorable.

Monday, June 10, 2013

We're Harvesting!!

Saturday's harvest: 2 Yellow Perfection (new).

Sunday's harvest: 2 Clint Eastwood's Rowdy Red(1) (new), 2 Black and Brown Boar (new) and Husky Cherry Red (new) for a total of 5 tomatoes.

Today's harvest: 2 Pierce's Pride (new) and 2 Husky Cherry Red for a total of 4 tomatoes.

Painters were at our house all last week. They started early Monday morning and finished on Friday. Since they were showing up at 7 AM each morning and were around the exterior of the whole house, I stayed away from the tomato plants. I looked at the front yard plants on Friday afternoon and noted several maturing tomatoes in the "corner office". Later, my wife noticed that some Yellow Perfections are ready to be harvested. I was surprised to see this but yes, there were tomatoes ready to be harvested.

I added fertilizer to all the front yard tomato plants as well as the container plants in the back yard.

So on Saturday I tried to catch up on training the tomato plants. Some of my fingers were nearly black after I was done. A lot of branches were broken, unfortunately. Several items of note:

There are three tomato plants that seem to be struggling in the "corner office". I'm not sure why. By the same token, all but one plant in the "corner office" has maturing tomatoes.

A lot of the plants were leggy and wispy. I attribute that to the two early heat waves. Some plants are outgrowing the strength within the base of the plant.

Yellow Perfection and Vorlon look great. Lots of fruit on Yellow Perfection, lots of good sized tomatoes on Vorlon.

I found a teenage sized hornworm on Dr. Wyche's Yellow. My wife had found a very tiny hornworm in the back yard (I think it was on Blue Beauty) early last week. I meant to follow up and look myself but I haven't done so yet. But it's early in the season to see hornworms.

The grafted tomato plants in the south garden of the back yard look very healthy. However, I still can't find a growing tomato on Gold Medal. [EDIT: Late Monday night I saw a tomato on Gold Medal.]

Later that day I double watered the plants in the "corner office".

During dinner I tried one of the harvested Yellow Perfection tomatoes. It was good. Not outstanding, but good. A typical early June tomato.

Sunday we deep watered all the "koi pond" tomato plants but we did not double water them. The Pineapple tomato plant's "moat" had a bad leak on the west side. My wife fixed that later in the day. We should rewater this plant. Also, I cut away the lower branches on all the remaining front yard tomato plants.

So we did some catching up but this is high season for tomato training. How much more we catch up remains to be seen...