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Happy Harvest

September 2nd, 2008

This weekend I headed to the Farmer’s Market to pick up some tomatoes to can for the winter because I was worried my plants weren’t going to produce enough. It’s been rather cool here this August (70’s during the day, 50’s at night), so the tomatoes don’t really seem to be ripening as quickly as they usually do. This weekend we finally got some warm weather, in the 80’s. It’s still getting cold in the evenings, but it seems like this warm spell was all the tomatoes needed to ripen up. I harvested tomatoes yesterday afternoon and got my biggest harvest yet.

I picked 10lbs of tomatoes yesterday! This brings my total 2008 tomato harvest up to 26lbs (21 romas, 5 beefsteak). I also discovered 4 hornworms on one plant. So, they were stoned (yep smashed with a big rock, another use for all those rocks I dig up out of my flowerbeds).

It’s funny the different sizes of tomatoes that can come from one plant.

I’ve heard rumblings from a few people it’s been a bad year for tomatoes. My plants are healthy and productive. How are your tomatoes doing this year?

3 Comments to “Happy Harvest”
  1. Claire on September 2, 2008 at 11:49 am

    21lbs of Tomatoes! That is terrific. It has been a poor year for us (we are in the UK) with tomatoes this year – blossom rot has been a pain and painfully slow ripening. Hopefully next year will be better!

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  2. Susy on September 2, 2008 at 11:53 am

    Too bad to hear about your tomatoes. I don’t have much blossom end rot. I’ve been watering faithfully and fertilizing faithfully as well, I guess it’s finally paying off.

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  3. Joe on September 2, 2008 at 9:30 pm

    That is quite a harvest! I’m sure you’ll be enjoying those fruits for months to come.

    I only have one tomato plant, ‘Oregon Spring’. It hasn’t been producing very well, but there are three tomatoes on the plant that are ripening right now. I’m looking forward to eating them soon – with some basil, of course :)

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