Friday, September 30, 2011

The Great Tomato Glut!

 Every year, as Summer draws to a close, I worry that my tomatoes won't reach maturity. This year, with our wet & cool June & July my worry was greater than ever.Oh why did I worry! With the threat of rain this weekend, I decided I needed to harvest all of my ripe tomatoes tonight after work. I worked from plant to plant, reaching deep into the jungle of vines, looking for that pop of color amidst all of the green.

I started with my "Black Krim" plant. These are by far the biggest tomatoes that I grow. This variety has been a dependable plant for me. It hasn't needed all of the heat that many other "large size" tomatoes seem to need to ripen.I was a bit astonished as I kept finding ripe tomato after ripe tomato on this one plant. When I was finished I had harvested 21 "Black Krim" and there are still more then half a dozen unripened fruit left growing. The total weight harvested was 11 lbs. 5 oz.

The yellow fruit in the above picture are the "Azoychka". I harvested 21 fruit that weighed 5 lbs. 1.7 oz. In front of the "Azoychka" are the "Santa Clara Canner". These tomatoes have the prettiest skin. It is lightly pleated and is a bright and very shiny red. It almost looks like patent leather. I harvested 10 "Santa Clara Canner" that weighed 2 lbs. 9.3 oz.

The cute black plum shaped tomatoes in the above picture are named " Black Plum". I picked 49 of these last night and the total weight was 1 lbs. 12.8 oz. Behind the "Black Plum" are the "Black Prince". These tomatoes are the perfect "in-between" size sandwiched between the "Black Krim" and the "Black Plum". I harvested 15 "Black Prince" that weighed in at 2 lbs. 5.7 oz. Pictured behind the "Black Prince" are the "Peron Sprayless OG". I picked 11 of these perfectly round tomatoes that weighed 1 lb. 10.7 oz.

So, my total harvest tonight ended up with 127 tomatoes weighing 24 lbs. 13.2 oz.


Mindy said...

Holy tomatoes Batman! Twenty one on ONE plant?!?! You are now officially, The Tomato Whisperer. I was happy to pull three the other day! :o)

Robin said...

Boy, your tomatoes are beautigul for this time of the year! It looks like you will be busy.

Dorothy-Life With Boys said...

I'm impressed!!! Really, really impressed!!!! What will you do with all those gorgeous tomatoes?