Container Garden Update — August 16, 2015

by A.J. Coltrane

Previous post here.  August 19, 2014 post here. August 10, 2014 post here.  August 18, 2013 post here.

19.1 pounds of produce this week.

This harvest picture was taken on Wednesday, just before our first tomato tasting of the year:

150812 harvest

(L-R, and top to bottom)  Roma, Oregon Spring, Tigerella (top), Taxi (yellow), Cosmonaut Volkov (bottom), Black Krim


150810 harvest

(top to bottom) Boy cat, Tromboncino, Lemon cucumbers.


150811 harvest

(L-R)  Sun Gold, Tomatillo, Sweet Million

We had a heavy rain storm on Friday, after basically no moisture for weeks. Some of the tomatoes split, and a pepper branch fell over. Overall though, we got off pretty light on damage. The next picture is Saturday morning’s harvest. 13 pounds total, including 6.7 pounds of Oregon Spring tomatoes:

150815 harvest

The tomatoes are Taxi and Oregon Spring, with Sun Gold and Sweet Million. In the nearer sheet tray are King of the North peppers (the big ones), Carmen (top), Yellow Bell (the orange ones on the far top right), Lipstick (middle right), and Bullnose Bell (bottom right).

There are lots more yellow bells to go:

yellow bell

One Iko Iko is almost ripe:

150815 iko iko

The Black Krims are all getting really close to ready. It looks like we missed a few Sweet Millions (left rear of the photo):

150815 black krim

The Romas. The cascading perspective of the picture reminds me a little bit of a Van Gough painting:

150815 roma

The Lemon cucumbers, Tomatillos, and Tromboncino. We almost pulled the Lemon cucumbers today to make room for garlic. That will happen next weekend at the latest:

150815 lemon, tomatillo, tromboncino

The Marketmore cucumbers were pulled on Wednesday and replaced with radish seeds — French Breakfast, Cherry Belle, and “Dragon Hybrid”. The Dragon variety should overwinter, the other two types we’ll consume this fall and then replant with more Dragons. We used Ultomato stakes as a reference to make sure that we got even rows:

150815 radish

The salad table is taking off. The spinach (center) has a five day head start on the other plants:

150815 salad table

(L-R) Dill, Spinach, Cilantro, Arugula. There are a couple of tiny Little Gem seedlings in between the Dill and Spinach too.

The girl cat in her favorite spot — basking in late afternoon sun on the bed:

150811 girl cat



2013 total weight to date:  52.0 pounds

2014 total weight to date:  62.7 pounds

2015 total weight to date:  110.6 pounds

More Progress!


Visit Daphne’s Dandelions, host of Harvest Monday.

9 thoughts on “Container Garden Update — August 16, 2015

  1. Looks like you are well on your way in the tomato department. I’ll be interested to hear what you think of them in terms of taste. Sowed my radishes this past weekend as well – I’m not sure if I’ve ever tried a fall sowing before, so this will be a good test to see if they are any good at this time of year.


  2. That’s funny — on your blog I was about to ask you what you thought of the Bloody Butcher.

    The Black Krim always wins taste tests at our house. It has the most complex, deepest, and earthy tomato taste.

    The Cosmonaut Volkav did especially well in the most recent tasting. It’s very fruity and rich.

    The other standout is the Sun Golds — they’re always candy.

    The Taxis and Oregon Spring are always good, and early, which is nice. The Tigerellas are good too.

    The Sweet Millions are new to us and to my mind are basically supermarket cherry tomatoes. They’re fine, but not very interesting. We grew those simply to have another early tomato, which is what we got I guess.

    I think the radish quality will be entirely dependent upon the weather. But they’re easy and fast, so no real loss if they’re less than ideal.


  3. Beautiful harvests. It’s interesting–my Romas are always pear-shaped but yours look much more cylindrical.


  4. @ Will

    I’m of the suspicion that there may be variants of the Romas. In 2013 and 2014 our Romas got well over 6′ tall. The Roma this year is ~3.5′ tall.

    But they have been consistently cylindrical for us.

    In a related note, the Cosmonaut Volkov was supposed to be a determinate, and achieve a maximum height of 3-6′, dependent upon who you believe. Ours is well over 6′ and behaving more like an indeterminant.

    You pay your money and takes your chances it seems.


  5. What a great tomato harvest. And I wish my cilantro would come up like that. The hot weather is really keeping it down. When it does come up it turns yellow fast.


  6. @Daphne

    Ciltrano seems to do well in the spring and fall here in the PNW, though it bolts instantly when it gets really warm.

    One potentially nice thing about the salad table is that (I’m guessing) it will be hard to actually “overwater” it. Excess water should just drop right through the bottom.


  7. Oh, those tomatoes look wonderful! Mine are ripening a little late this year, but I don’t mind. I keep buying from the farmers’ market so we can have fresh tomatoes until mine ripen.


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