Container Garden Update — August 23, 2015

by A.J. Coltrane

Previous post here.  August 24, 2014 post here.  August 25, 2013 post here.

47.1 pounds of produce this week, including 38.5 pounds of tomatoes.

The days are getting shorter, and the nights are getting cooler. The cucumbers are completely finished, and the Tromboncino may not be far behind. The tomatoes have begun to randomly drop fruit. If it’s not Fall already then it’s coming real soon.

To the pictures —

The “non-cherry tomato” part of our Tuesday tomato tasting (8.4 pounds).

(L-R) Roma, Tigerella, Taxi, Oregon Spring, Black Krim
(L-R) Roma, Tigerella, Taxi, Oregon Spring, Black Krim

The Comsmonaut Volkov is still doing it’s own thing. We’ve harvested one fruit. Three more are ripening on the vines. The rest are just sitting there. For reference, here are the yearly totals to date for the tomatoes (one plant of each):

Type Weight (lbs) Weight (g)
Black Krim 15.8 7168
Taxi 14.0 6348
Oregon Spring 11.7 5314
Sun Gold 7.8 3530
Sweet Million 5.8 2642
Roma 3.0 1357
Tigerella 2.4 1095
Cos. Volkov 1.3 581

The difference is that everything else except the Volkov have a whole bunch of ripe fruit on the way. We’ll see what the endgame looks like.

Monday’s harvest (8.1 lbs):

The peppers are King of the North.
The peppers are King of the North.

Wednesday (15.4 lbs):

A big day for Taxis and Black Krim. They were both dropping fruit.
A big day for Taxis and Black Krim. They were both dropping fruit.

Finally, three pictures from Saturday (13.2 lbs):

150822 harvest1

and

Peppers: King of the North (bottom left), Carmen (left), Lipstick (center), Iko Iko (bottom center), Yellow Bell (right)
Peppers: King of the North (bottom left), Carmen (left), Lipstick (center), Iko Iko (bottom center), Yellow Bell (right)

The tomatillos and the last of the cucumbers:

150822 harvest3

The Yellow Bells before the Saturday harvest:

150822 yellow pepper

Two pictures that sum up the state of the Tromboncino –

Green leaves, dead leaves, powdery mildew, blooms, and fruit. I've given up trying to "control" it.
Green leaves, dead leaves, powdery mildew, blooms, and fruit. I’ve given up trying to “control” it.

The Tromboncino are invading the Sun Golds, and vice versa. Note the Tromboncino fruit all the way to the left of the photo. The trellis is about four feet to the right:

150822 tromboncino2

Many of the peppers are almost ripe:

Carmen peppers.
Carmen peppers.

and

King of the North. I think.
King of the North. I think.

Fall in Vermont has nothing on the tomato plants right now:

Not a healthy color. But kind of neat looking.
Not a healthy color. But kind of neat looking.

The salad table has been a pleasant surprise. The spinach will need to be thinned this week:

(L-R) Little Gem, Dill, Little Gem, Spinach, Cilantro, Arugula.
(L-R) Little Gem, Dill, Little Gem, Spinach, Cilantro, Arugula.

The radishes are doing well, I think. Or are they leggy?:

150822 radish

The scallion starts will go into the vacated cucumber box when they’re big enough to handle. They’re currently living at the foot of the salad table:

150822 scallions

 

2013 total weight to date:  65.4 pounds

2014 total weight to date:  82.2 pounds

2015 total weight to date:  157.7 pounds

More Progress!

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Visit Daphne’s Dandelions, host of Harvest Monday.

 

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