Container Garden Update — August 19, 2014

by A.J. Coltrane

Previous post here.

Silly August 18, 2013 post here. (Includes two cat pics and must have been written on very little sleep.)

The plants continue to look more and more haggard as the fruit production ramps up. There’s now mold on the zucchini leaves, some of the tomato plants, and the Brussels Sprouts (of all things). SeattleAuthor shared the hypothesis that the mold may be partly due to the humidity we’ve been seeing. That’s possible — there’s a small holly tree start across the yard that is covered in mold too.

But the production is going gangbusters:

Monday the 11th:

140811 harvest

Thursday the 14th:

140814 harvest

Sunday the 17th:

140817 harvest

As of Sunday all eight tomato varieties are/were ripe at the same time. That led to a side-by-side-by-side…. tasting. Neighbors contributed tomatoes as well:

140818 tasting1

Clockwise from 9 o’clock – Oregon Spring, Glacier, Mountain Princess, Taxi.

And:

140818 tasting4

Clockwise from 9 o’clock – Black Krim, Roma, Sun Gold, (contributed) Sweet Olive tomato (and Roma?), Tigerella

I think it’s safe to say that overall the big hits were the Sweet Olive, Black Krim, Tigerella, and Sun Gold. Everyone had two or three favorites, so maybe that’s not being “fair” to the other tomatoes. I liked the Black Krim, Sweet Olive, and Taxi the best.

The recipe for the focaccia that accompanied the tasting is up next. More pictures of long-in-the-tooth plants next week!

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