by A.J. Coltrane
On September 2, 2014 we had a huge windstorm that blew over the cages containing the tomatoes and Tromboncino. As it turns out, we had a huge windstorm yesterday, and the cages were rocked, though not to the same extent. (Gusts to 45 mph!) This time it mostly bent and twisted the cages, probably because they were braced a little better. We were able to haul everything more or less back to “square” without too much trouble. We got really lucky in that we did the “big harvest” for the week shortly before the wind hit. Still… ugh.
That’s two years in a row of having tomatoes fall over. It’s time to figure out something sturdier.
Having said that — Saturday’s harvest was 28.7 pounds (counting the basil leaves, but not the basil stems and branches):
Saturday closeup 1 — tomatillos (3.3 lbs). The tomatillos got roasted and frozen, to eventually become green salsa. Note the rogue strawberry:
Saturday closeup 2 — tomatoes. Mostly Tigerella, Taxi, Sun Gold, and Sweet Million. Some of the tomatoes are less than perfectly ripe — the plants are actively throwing fruit on the ground, and we decided to beat them to it. (16.3 pounds of tomatoes today, spread between a few sheet trays):
Saturday closeup 3 — The Last Of The Tromboncino (2.4 lbs yesterday. 26.0 lbs for the year. That’s a 27% improvement over last year’s yield.) Also pictured are Bullnose Bell peppers, Yellow Bell peppers, Tigerella tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, tomatillos, and one stray leaf of basil. The former Tromboncino box was replanted with garlic — The Tromboncino were probably 95%+ done anyway:
Saturday closeup 4 — Romas (6.6 lbs):
Saturday closeup 5 — Mostly Peppers. Carmen peppers on the right. King of the North on the left. Lipstick peppers on the top left. The tomatoes are Cosmonaut Volkov:
Monday’s harvest (3.5 lbs). The non-cherry tomatoes are Tigerella and Cosmonaut Volkov:
Thursday (8.8 lbs). Oregon Spring, Taxi, Tigerella, Sun Gold, Sweet Million:
The total harvest for the week was 40 pounds. Of that, 29 pounds was tomatoes.
An overview picture, before the Saturday harvest. You can see “Fall” if you look closely enough:
The radishes are exploding. For reference, here’s last week:
And this week (a reverse angle picture of the box):
The Carmen peppers, prior to Saturday harvest:
The salad table is overdue for thinning. Here’s the middle shelf:
The top shelf:
The scallion/bunch onion starts. Note the small amount of copper tape around the foot of the salad table. I doubt it’ll really deter the slugs, but it’s worth a try:
2013 total weight to date: 93.1 pounds
2014 total weight to date: 108.7 pounds
2015 total weight to date: 199.7 pounds
Visit Daphne’s Dandelions, host of Harvest Monday.