Sunday, July 31, 2011

$10 tomato

There's nothing quite like the payoff.  With the price of heirloom tomatoes going for $5.99 a pound in the local market, I was thrilled to see several giants appear on my new favorite tomato plant:  Brandy Boy. 

So here's what a $10 tomato looks like.  The first picture is what it looked liked on the vine next to several others of equal or larger size.   The second picture is what it looked like perched on a 4x4 fence post.  That one plant has produced numerous giants already, and there's lots more to come. 

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Garden update

It's been awhile- again.   Lots of changes in the garden now that the weather has warmed and the tomatoes have set.    I've added a Bearss Lime to the lineup and will try growing it in a pot this time.  The citrus I've grown in the past never gave me any fruit  and I think it had something to do with overwatering.  Well, let's try it in a pot and see what happens.  I planted it in a cactus mix, which seems to drain better and keep the roots drier.  Maybe that's the trick?

I upped the time on my drip system to 90 minutes at three days a week.  Seems to have made a huge difference now that summer has finally arrived.  The tomatoes all look great and I have begun harvesting the SunGold. Should be a couple of weeks before the big ones are ready.    The peppers are running a little behind, but I think was from the watering issue.  They look much happier in the last week.  Zucchini looks strong and the cucumbers are putting on some growth.

Lime tree

Looking like a jungle

Early Wonder tomatoes

Mortgage Lifter and Brandy Boy

Brandy Boy tomatoes

Blue Lake bush beans
I  took the twins up to June Lake  during my vacation and we had a blast.

The Fishermen
June Lake