Saturday, July 12, 2014

Harvested Speckled Roman(2), Solar Flare and Pink Berkeley Tie Dye(1)!

Saturday's harvest includes 38 Orange Paruche, 16 SunGold, 16 Sunchocola, 13 Matt's Wild Cherry, 6 Evan's Purple Pear, 6 Garden Peach(1), 4 Garden Peach(3), 3 Jaune Flamme, 3 Garden Peach(2), 3 Husky Cherry Red(1), 3 Sugar Snack, 2 Adriana's Grande (6.5 ounces, 14.5 ounces), 2 Earl of Edgecombe (7 ounces), 2 Earliana, 2 Bread and Salt (10.5 ounces, 6 ounces), 2 Indigo Rose, 2 Snow White, 2 Stupice, Pink Berkeley Tie Dye(1) (new, 10.5 ounces), Speckled Roman(2) (new), Solar Flare (new), Indigo Apple, Yellow Perfection, Berkeley Tie Dye, Hungarian Heart (10.5 ounces), Black Cherry, Odoriko and Husky Cherry Red(2) for a total of 135 tomatoes.

Speckled Roman(2) wasn't a surprise and neither was Solar Flare (I had forgotten to mention it previously as a maturing tomato). However, Pink Berkeley Tie Dye(1) was a surprise to me. The tomato harvested today was a beautiful tomato. Solar Flare appears undersized but I believe this is another one we grew from seed.

My wife watered the front yard tomatoes the previous night.

We had a tiny run on Garden Peach tomatoes, harvesting 13 from our volunteers.

We've now harvested over 600 Orange Paruche tomatoes (623), 400 Sunchocola tomatoes (414) and over 100 Matt's Wild Cherry tomatoes (106) this year!

Friday, July 11, 2014

Orange Paruche Returns!

Today's harvest includes 42 Orange Paruche, 30 Sunchocola, 20 Matt's Wild Cherry, 18 SunGold, 6 Bread and Salt (6.5 ounces, 10 ounces, 8 ounces, 9 ounces), 5 Evan's Purple Pear, 4 Stupice, 4 Sugar Snack, 3 Jaune Flamme, 3 Husky Cherry Red(1), 2 Adriana's Grande (12.5 ounces), 2 Indigo Rose, 2 Snow White, 2 Garden Peach(3), Earl of Edgecombe (6 ounces), German Orange Strawberry, Berkeley Tie Dye, Hungarian Heart (8.5 ounces), Ananas Noire (13.5 ounces), Pineapple and Garden Peach(1) for a total of 150 tomatoes.

Orange Paruche has returned! Maybe this will turn out to be a one day blip but we'll celebrate it anyway. We love this tomato! I've also been pleasantly surprised by the output of Bread and Salt. That plant just keeps on producing a good amount of larger, good tasting tomatoes.

No new tomatoes today, but we'll probably have a Speckled Roman(2) tomorrow. I thought I had a Paul Robeson today but it had too much blossom end rot to be usable.

I adjusted the July 9 posting to reflect a harvested Berkeley Tie Dye.

We've now harvested over 500 tomatoes in the back yard (557)! Today's back yard harvest (66 tomatoes) is the highest so far this year. Also, we've harvested over 1000 tomatoes for July (1083). Our kitchen counter is getting filled with tomatoes...

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Harvested Over 1500 Tomatoes For The Year!

Today's harvest includes 29 Sunchocola, 22 Orange Paruche, 12 SunGold, 12 Sugar Snack, 10 Matt's Wild Cherry, 6 Earl of Edgecombe (6 ounces), 5 Earliana, 4 Bread and Salt (6 ounces, 8 ounces, 8 ounces), 3 Yellow Perfection, 3 Adriana's Grande (15.5 ounces, 7.5 ounces), 2 Clint Eastwood's Rowdy Red, 2 Nyagous, German Orange Strawberry (12 ounces), Ananas Noire (19 ounces), Jaune Flamme, Black Krim, Snow White, Evan's Purple Pear, Black Cherry, Husky Cherry Red(1) and Michael Pollan for a total of 119 tomatoes.

I got up early today to beat the Thursday morning sprinklers...but they went on earlier than expected. I had finished the main area and had moved to the raised bed area when the sprinklers kicked on. I harvested, then waited and waited...eventually I decided I had to get wet and get on with it. I harvested the front yard, then realized I forgot to look at Matt's Wild Cherry. While harvesting that plant I spotted another ripe Nyagous.

Today's Ananas Noire is our first harvested tomato that is over one pound. And it's a beauty. Again, if you were to look at it you would not think it was ready...but if you feel it, it's ready.

No new tomatoes today, but we have now harvested over 1500 tomatoes for the year (1587).

At the present pace we'll not get to my estimate of 5250 harvested tomatoes for July. We're on a pace for about 3000 tomatoes for July. But the harvest numbers are picking up again...

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Harvested German Orange Strawberry and Black Krim!

Today's harvest includes 29 Sunchocola, 20 Orange Paruche, 14 SunGold, 11 Sugar Snack, 9 Matt's Wild Cherry, 3 Adriana's Grande (7.5 ounces, 11 ounces, 7.5 ounces), 3 Earl of Edgecombe (6 ounces), 3 Earliana, 3 Jaune Flamme, 3 Garden Peach(3), 2 Indigo Apple, 2 Bloody Butcher, German Orange Strawberry (new, 13.5 ounces), Black Krim (new), Bread and Salt (7.5 ounces), Nyagous, Odoriko, Garden Peach(1), Green Grape, Husky Cherry Red(1), Berkeley Tie Dye and Michael Pollan for a total of 112 tomatoes.

Today is the largest harvest number so far, barely surpassing the 110 tomato harvest on July 3. The back yard tomatoes are coming in larger numbers. The back yard harvest for the last four days has been 21/29/42/47. The back yard harvest on July 3 was 12.

Today's harvest was pretty. We're getting larger tomatoes as we get later in to the season. The German Orange Strawberry was both a surprise and an absolute beauty. But don't disregard the three Adriana's Grande (the three larger red tomatoes in the image below) and the three Earl of Edgecombe (bright orange tomatoes in front that look yellowish in the image). Odoriko is the tomato to the right with the slight purplish tinge. Black Krim is the brown tomato in the back.

Last night we taste tested Earl of Edgecombe, Michael Pollan, Bread and Salt and Berkeley Tie Dye. All were quite good. Last night's Bread and Salt was the best one I've tasted of that variety. This indicates to me I may have been harvesting Bread and Salt a day too late. This Bread and Salt was firmer than others and that made a positive difference. Berkeley Tie Dye was delicious with a bit of acid at the end. The Michael Pollan tomato was the best tasting of that variety that she has ever had. Earl of Edgecombe was quite good as well.

Green Zebra and Golden Rave have maturing tomatoes. But it is clear that Green Zebra is a mislabel. There are no stripes in the tomato...

We've now harvested over 1000 tomatoes in the front yard (1022) this year!

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Harvested Black Cherry and Pineapple!

Today's harvest includes 22 Sunchocola, 18 Orange Paruche, 10 SunGold, 8 Matt's Wild Cherry, 4 Sugar Snack, 3 Snow White, 2 Black Cherry (new), 2 Adriana's Grande (8 ounces, 12.5 ounces), 2 Earliana, 2 Evan's Purple Pear, 2 Michael Pollan, Pineapple (new), Volunteer(4), Indigo Rose, Jaune Flamme, Yellow Perfection, Bread and Salt (6 ounces), Nyagous, Persimmon(2), Cherokee Purple, Garden Peach(1), Garden Peach(2), Husky Cherry Red(1) and Husky Cherry Red(2) for a total of 88 tomatoes.

The new Pineapple tomato wasn't a surprise. It looks nice but it's small for a Pineapple tomato. We're used to one pounders and this one wasn't close to that size. But it's a start! The Black Cherry tomatoes were a bit of a surprise, however.

The front yard tomato harvest has fallen for five days in a row (98/64/57/52/48/46) and that can't be a coincidence. We're on the tail end of the first wave for Orange Paruche and Sunchocola. The back yard numbers are starting to rise again, which is expected. The back yard is usually two to three weeks behind the front yard.

The "corner office" tomato plants are looking a little better. These plants were significantly behind in their normal development. These plants have a hedge to the south that blocks a good portion of the sun and had pumpkin vines running through most of the plants. The pumpkin vines both hindered and protected these plants. The vines were pulled out about three weeks ago. Meanwhile, the remaining tomato plants seem less wispy and happy to see more of the sun.

I had the rest of the Ananas Noire last night. In general, I like Ananas Noire but I'm not in love with it. My wife just loves it. And based on this tomato I can see why. It was pleasant to look at, a pretty texture, delicious and a close to refreshing taste. This was a damn good tomato!

We've now harvested over 500 Orange Paruche tomatoes (501), over 300 Sunchocola tomatoes (310) and over 100 SunGold tomatoes (107) this year so far!

Monday, July 7, 2014

Harvested Indigo Rose, Nyagous and Berkeley Tie Dye!

Today's harvest includes 24 Sunchocola, 16 Orange Paruche, 9 Sugar Snack, 5 Jaune Flamme, 4 Matt's Wild Cherry, 3 Berkeley Tie Dye (new), 3 SunGold, 2 Indigo Rose (new), 2 Nyagous (new), 2 Earliana, 2 Husky Cherry Red(1), Yellow Perfection, Adriana's Grande, Earl of Edgecombe, Stupice and Garden Peach(3) for a total of 77 tomatoes.

All of our newly harvested tomatoes look good. Berkeley Tie Dye wasn't a surprise as noted in yesterday's posting. Indigo Rose wasn't mentioned though I have been keeping an eye on it. I didn't notice the orange blush underneath a couple of the tomatoes, indicating ripeness. Nyagous was a pleasant surprise. We may have more Nyagous tomorrow.

Boy, Earl of Edgecombe is a pretty tomato. Bright orange tomato that looks nearly polished.

We barely beat yesterday's harvest total of 73 tomatoes. It looks like the first flush of Orange Paruche tomatoes is ending and the question remaining to be answered is will we get a second wave? I suspect we will. We've harvested nearly 500 Orange Paruche tomatoes this year (483), it's still early July and it's not a large tomato. The plant will hopefully have enough energy for another push. Sunchocola will definitely have another push but it isn't clear if it will be a long first wave or we dip and start up again. On a curious note, I'm harvesting some mature Sunchocola tomatoes that are nearly five feet off the ground. The top end of the "harvest zone" is already pretty high on this plant.

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Harvested Ananas Noire and Persimmon(2)!

Today's harvest includes 29 Orange Paruche, 12 Sunchocola, 5 Janet's Jacinthe Jewel, 5 Matt's Wild Cherry, 4 SunGold, 4 Husky Cherry Red(2), 3 Husky Cherry Red(1), 3 Indigo Apple, Ananas Noire (new, 14 ounces), Persimmon(2) (new), Adriana's Grande, Earl of Edgecombe, Earliana, Jaune Flamme, Garden Peach(1) and Sugar Snack for a total of 73 tomatoes.

Well, three days is a trend...we've gone from 110 tomatoes on July 3 down to 73 today. I'll attribute to simply Sunchocola and Orange Paruche losing some steam while the larger tomatoes haven't matured yet. I can see plenty of Sunchocola tomatoes on the vines, so there's more coming...just not as many maturing as there was a few days ago.

I was concerned about harvesting Ananas Noire. It felt ready but didn't look ready. Turns out I needn't be concerned. My wife cut off a portion of Ananas Noire for us to eat and it was both refreshing and delicious! It was ready.

Tomorrow I'll harvest one or two Berkeley Tie Dye tomatoes.

Yesterday my wife pulled Janet's Jacinthe Jewel and Vorlon. Today's Janet's Jacinthe Jewel might be used in a sauce but otherwise they don't look too appetizing. Pierce's Pride isn't long for this world, either.

A Pineapple tomato is starting to mature.