Saturday, June 29, 2013

Taking a Break For Now...

A close and dear family friend suddenly passed away on Thursday morning. We are stricken with grief. Yes I'm still harvesting in the morning and posting the numbers in my on line spreadsheet when I can...but frankly, I don't care. Not now, anyway.

We've spent the past few days trying to help out the family sort through the affairs. We're still doing that and will continue to do so. This morning a large tree limb from our ponderosa pine fell in the neighbor's yard, adding to our list of responsibilities.

I'll continue to post about tomatoes some time in the future. But not now.

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Harvested Pineapple, Speckled Roman(1) and Jaune Flamme!

Today's harvest includes 7 Yellow Perfection, 4 Black Cherry, 4 Stupice, 2 Sweet 100, Pineapple (new), Jaune Flamme (new), Speckled Roman(1) (new), Pierce's Pride, Hungarian Heart (7 ounces), Porkchop, Black Krim (9 ounces), SuperSweet 100 and Brad's Black Heart for a total of 26 tomatoes.

The heat has started. It got up to 96 today. My wife did water some of the front yard tomatoes yesterday and today.

We had a tomato salad tonight with some of the new tomatoes. Speckled Roman was good but uneven, Hungarian Heart was excellent while Black Krim was "wicked good" per my wife. My wife had a Porkchop in the salad and rated that better than Black Krim. A friend came over and thought the Porkchop was best. I didn't have one in my salad. So from best to worst: Porkchop/Black Krim/Hungarian Heart/Speckled Roman.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Harvested Black Krim and Missouri Pink Love Apple!

Today's harvest includes 9 Yellow Perfection, 6 Black Cherry, 2 Clint Eastwood's Rowdy Red, 2 Sweet 100, Black Krim (new) (11 ounces), Missouri Pink Love Apple (new) (6 ounces), Stupice, Pierce's Pride, Porkchop, Brad's Black Heart, Berkeley Tie Dye and Nyagous for a total of 27 tomatoes.

Last night we tried the Michael Pollan tomato. I liked it and my wife really liked it. We got a good report from her mother just the other day and this Michael Pollan didn't disappoint.

Missouri Pink Love Apple looks cute and the new Black Krim will be delicious, you see...

Update: We tried Missouri Pink Love Apple and Black Cherry tonight in a salad. Black Cherry was solidly good. But Missouri Pink Love Apple was downright delicious. Light, smooth, juicy, consistent with a slight watermelon flavor underneath the juicy tomato deliciousness. This specific tomato is highly recommended. Too bad there's no more to share.

Monday, June 24, 2013

Three More Tomatoes Maturing!

Today's harvest includes 6 Yellow Perfection, 4 Black Cherry, 3 Clint Eastwood's Rowdy Red, 2 Husky Cherry Red, Hungarian Heart (12 ounces), Black Seaman, Brad's Black Heart, Michael Pollan and Nyagous for a total of 20 tomatoes.

The Michael Pollan was prematurely picked about three or four days ago. It was left to ripen on the kitchen window sill.

The reason Brad's Black Heart tomatoes are maturing is because the plant is dying. This may be a similar story for Nyagous.

The Hungarian Heart tomato looks very nice. And I can tell the Yellow Perfection plant will be a machine, just cranking out tomatoes left and right.

Plants with maturing tomatoes include Speckled Roman, Jaune Flamme and Black Krim. We could be harvesting a good sized Black Krim tomorrow.

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Harvested Eight New Tomatoes!

Wednesday's harvest includes 7 Black Cherry, 3 Husky Cherry Red, 2 Stupice, SuperSweet 100 (new) and Yellow Perfection for a total of 14 tomatoes.

Thursday's harvest includes 7 Yellow Perfection, 4 Black Cherry, 3 Husky Cherry Red, 2 Shah/Mikado (new) and Porkchop for a total of 17 tomatoes.

Shah/Mikado tomatoes are a milky yellow color and looks interesting.

Friday's harvest includes 4 Yellow Perfection, 2 Michael Pollan (new), 2 Husky Cherry Red, Vorlon (14 ounces), Stupice, Black Cherry, Shah/Mikado and Black and Brown Boar for a total of 13 tomatoes.

The two Michael Pollan tomatoes were the largest Michael Pollan tomatoes I've ever seen. I put them on the scale and they both weighed two ounces. But for those unfamiliar with Michael Pollan tomatoes, that's huge! The Vorlon tomato is a beauty.

Saturday's harvest includes 11 Yellow Perfection, 4 Snow White (new), 2 Nyagous (new), 2 Husky Cherry Red, Black Seaman (new), Brad's Black Heart (new), Clint Eastwood's Rowdy Red, Stupice, Pierce's Pride and Black Cherry for a total of 25 tomatoes.

The harvested Brad's Black Heart was tiny and the plant still doesn't look good while the Black Seaman tomato looked okay.

I spent a lot of time catching up on tomato training and cleaning out the underbrush of a lot of the tomato plants -- probably about two and half hours or so. I deep watered about half the tomato plants in the ground in the back yard. While watering I was clearing out the underbrush and found harvestable tomatoes for Nyagous and Snow White! Hey, look what I found! It was a lot of work but the tomato plants look a lot better.

Later on we drove down to San Juan Capistrano to visit my in-laws and other relatives. We brought down all these tomatoes and more. Most of the relatives came away with tomatoes. We gave them all away. We had a great time!

Today's harvest includes 6 Husky Cherry Red, 6 Yellow Perfection, Berkeley Tie Dye (new), Stupice, Vorlon (9 ounces), Black Cherry and Nyagous for a total of 17 tomatoes.

I deep watered the rest of the back yard tomatoes in the ground and five tomato containers. I spent some more time clearing out tomato underbrush while watering.

The Berkeley Tie Dye is tiny, only one or two ounces.

There will be a good sized Hungarian Heart harvested tomorrow. The maturing tomatoes include Missouri Pink Love Apple though I'm sure there are others.

Green Zebra is for all intents and purposes dead. It's just a matter of time before we pull it out.