Saturday, July 5, 2014

Harvested Persimmon(1)!

Friday's harvest includes 37 Orange Paruche, 20 Sunchocola, 11 SunGold, 7 Sugar Snack, 4 Garden Peach(2), 3 Janet's Jacinthe Jewel (7 ounces), 3 Matt's Wild Cherry, 2 Earliana, 2 Husky Cherry Red(2), Stupice, Persimmon(1) (new), Earl of Edgecombe, Bread and Salt (10 ounces), Volunteer(4), Snow White, Evan's Purple Pear and Garden Peach(3) for a total of 98 tomatoes.

It's good to see that we still can grow Persimmon (from the tomato lady of Beverly Hills, not this Persimmon) but it is miniscule compared to several years ago. We can't keep seeds temperate, so the problem is on our end.

Don't be encouraged by Janet's Jacinthe Jewel's numbers and size. The plant has basically died but the remaining fruit is maturing. However, the maturing fruit looks old due to the lack of water delivery.

I added long stakes to Sunchocola, Adriana's Grande and German Orange Strawberry. I used tomato tape where I could to somewhat bind the tree to the stake. Two of the three plants got a second, smaller metal stake.

Berkeley Tie Dye and Black Krim have maturing tomatoes. Purple Bumble Bee has growing tomatoes.

We've now harvested over 1000 tomatoes for the year (1036)! Let's hope there's many more to come. Also, we've harvested over 400 Orange Paruche tomatoes (412) this year.

Today's harvest includes 26 Orange Paruche, 24 Sunchocola, 9 Matt's Wild Cherry, 8 SunGold, 2 Bloody Butcher, 2 Husky Cherry Red(2), 2 Sugar Snack, Yellow Perfection, Adriana's Grande (13 ounces), Earliana, Bread and Salt (11.5 ounces), Hungarian Heart (6 ounces), Volunteer(4), Jaune Flamme, Snow White, Stupice and Garden Peach(1) for a total of 83 tomatoes.

This is the second day in a row that the harvest numbers have dropped. It appears that Orange Paruche and Sunchocola are slowing down and other cherry tomatoes haven't made up the difference. Is this a trend? We'll see.

I did try Volunteer(4). It looks and tastes like Matt's Wild Cherry...but I'm not entirely convinced yet. I think that just about anything that small would have a tart taste. I'll compare the leaves in the near future.

Adriana's Grande has a bit of sunscald on it.

The "koi pond" tomatoes are showing a lot of dead leaves and yellowing branches on the bottom foot or so of the plant. It's normal, but it's also a sign that these plants are getting old fast...

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