Container Garden Update — August 28, 2016

by A.J. Coltrane

Previous post here.

August 30, 2015 post here. September 1, 2014 here.  September 1, 2013 here.

Lots of sun this week — we finally got a chance to have a “tomato tasting” get-together. The Tuesday harvest:

(L-R) Paul Robeson, Sun Gold, Tigerella, Taxi, Oregon Spring, Black Krim.
Tomatoes (L-R) Paul Robeson, Yellow Pear, Sun Gold, Tigerella, Taxi, Oregon Spring, Black Krim.

Thursday was more tomatoes and a colander full of tomatillos. The tomatillos are starting to drop off of the plant in earnest, which I’m assuming means they’re ready. A thick layer of Sun Golds is hiding under the other tomatoes:

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It seems like the Sun Golds always look like this, no matter how many we harvest:

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The only really large Tromboncino. We may be getting near “done”:

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Oregon Spring:

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The “late” tomatoes are now ripening too. The first Romas:

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Cherokee Purple (and Taxi):

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It’s supposed to be cooler this week. (70’s and cloudy/light rain). I think fall is starting, so hopefully everything ripens quickly…. or else it’s just one of those years. There’s a reason basically all of our tomatoes varieties are “early”.


Visit Dave at Ourhappyacres, host of Harvest Monday.

3 thoughts on “Container Garden Update — August 28, 2016

  1. Your tomatoes are looking great. There’s loads of good stuff to come. Do you only use tomatillos for salsa verde, or do you cook with them as well?


  2. @ Phoung

    The two most common things that we do are –

    Rick Bayless’ Tomato Carpaccio Salad

    Rick Bayless’ Roasted Tomatillo Salsa

    The Roasted Salsa stores well in the freezer, just add the onion and cilantro after thawing.

    We’ll also combine the salsa with avocado for sort of a hybrid salsa/ guacamole.


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