|On deck supply, July 29, 2012|
Same two rows of plants, but from a different angle. The two tomatoes in front are Cherokee Purples, one of my favorites. But so are the Brandywines, Black Krims, Chocolate Cherries, Yellow Jubilees, Marglobes, and many others in the garden. Note the row of peppers growing in front of the tomato plants to take advantage of the sun at the base of the plants.
|Closer shot of the Cherokee Purple|
We actually had rain the other night. One point one inches in fact! What a blessing. These are some clumps of unripe Chocolate Cherries the morning after.
|And a volunteer cherry tomato plant|
And these are the Glacier Tomatoes, an extra early tomato that is supposed to ripen in 55 to 60 days, and does. And has a pretty good tomato flavor to boot. They are rather prolific, and got the season off to a good early start. Yet they are still producing heavily now, and make a very good salad tomato. I will be saving some seed for next year.
This tomato jungle is what results when you let the plants grow on their own. Lots and lots of branches, and tomatoes on the ground that are hard to find. I usually end up cutting off the first six or eight branches at the bottom of the plant, keeping only the central leader. This is what the same plants look like just minutes after a good trim:
The critters have done a lot of damage this year to the fruit on the vines. In this dry summer, even hard green tomatoes are being eaten for their moisture. And not just bird pecks. Big chunks of tomatoes gone in short periods of time.
|A now worthless Dr. Wyche tomato|
|Two Brandywines, lost before their prime|
But so far, so good. The tomatoes are in!!