Posts Tagged ‘Early Girl’

Green Thumb Up My Nose

September 28, 2019

Garden Report for 190930

Can you say unseasonably cold? The week started out mild but windy, and it went downhill from there. By Wednesday night they were including windchills in the forecast. By Saturday night, it was chance of 2″ of snow. Highs started at 70 and ended up in the 40’s. Lows in the 40’s became lows around 31. Time to close out the garden.

Total of 7.6kg of tomatoes for the week, plus an additional 2.3kg of the cherry-sized yellow pears that I don’t post to the scoreboard (and which cooked down into 700g of tart sauce with too many seeds).

Speaking of which, here’s the final scoreboard.

Week
Ending
09/30
Vegetable
  (bold = final)
Count Weight g Unit
Weight g
Total
Count
Total
Weight kg
  EG Garden 56 4.72
2 plants EGContainer 40 3710 93 139 11.53
EG Bag 23 2186 95 84 5.86
EG Deck 30 1.77
OtherTomato 27 1724 64 235 17.82
Summer Squash 13 2.56
Zucchini 1 140 140 25 7.89
Spaghetti
squash
2 2480 1240 4 4.97
Winter Squash 5 5.78
Pumpkin 1 980 980 2 1.74
Carrots 1.28
Kohlrabi 2 0.90
Grand Total 66.82

So, 42kg of tomatoes, 23kg of squash, 2kg of other, for a total of 67kg of produce. For the traditionalists amongst the readers, that’s just shy of 150lb, and a new record. Surprisingly, it wasn’t because of lots of heavy squashes.

The results of my Early Girl experiment are shown below.

Early Girl Results Location
Available Sunlight Available Soil Volume per plant Unit
Weight g
Total
Count per plant
Total
Weight kg per plant
Garden Medium 200L 73 56 4.72
House Container High 50L 83 70 5.76
House Planter Bag High 75L 70 84 5.86
Deck Container
Medium 50L 60 30 1.77

So, the smaller containers along the house produced larger but fewer tomatoes, while the larger planter bag produced more, but smaller. Total harvested mass was about equal, and the differences might just be statistical variability. The small container on the deck produced a third the volume, while the Early Girl in the garden —  fighting with the other tomatoes for both sun and  root space — produced 25% less harvested mass.

Sun seems to be the main driver here, with the higher yields going to plants that have more direct sun, plus reflected light off the house and the lawn. Plants in the garden not only have a shade problem (and no, I’m not going to cut down the 60-year-old spruce), but also have to fight for sunlight with plants further south in the section.

I’ll save the policy conclusions for a later post.

Green Thumb Up My Nose

September 23, 2019

Garden Report for 190923

This week was cool and sometimes wet, with lows in the mid- to upper 40’s, and highs in the mid- to upper-60’s. More cool and showeryness in the offing, becoming downright cold (lows in the 30’s) at the end of next week.

So, here we are at the equinox and the garden has pretty well played out. Quite different from previous years, where things kept happening well into October. This despite the lack of early frosts or similar infelicities. About the only things left are 60 or so late-ripening tomatoes and the squashes. I’ve cleaned up and dug over Section 3, and will do the same for Section 4 Real Soon Now.

Harvested the last of the Buttercups (1.2kg, 900g). Summer squash are done. The remaining Zucchinis are all the Genovese variety, looking almost like European cucumbers. Since I’ve culled most of the squash, I can whack away the leaves, and pull up the carrots I planted in Section 1 — half a kilosworth, making just under 1.3kg for the year. Used my now-standard approach of planting them via SeedsOnTape underneath the wire shelving frames. The wiring keeps off the varmints and the green bits grow up between the stiff wires. When time comes to harvest, I just lift the shelf, and it pulls up all the greens, and the carrots come along for the ride.

Here’s the scoreboard.

Week
Ending
09/23
Vegetable
  (bold = final)
Count Weight g Unit
Weight g
Total
Count
Total
Weight kg
  EG Garden 56 4.72
EG Container (2) 6 275 46 99 7.82
EG Bag 3 150 50 61 3.67
EG Deck 30 1.77
Other tomato 9 1032 115 208 16.1
Summer Squash 13 2.56
Zucchini 2 375 187 24 7.75
Spaghetti
squash
1 1150 1150 2 2.49
Winter Squash 2 1940 970 5 5.78
Pumpkin 1 0.76
Carrots 580 1.28
Kohlrabi 2 0.90
Grand Total 55.6

Not quite a record year, we’re still 10kg behind 2012 on tomatoes, but we might yet make it. With the weather forecast the way it is, and the highs at the end of the week coming in lower than what we keep our house at, I’ll probably harvest all remaining, and let it ripen indoors.

Green Thumb Up My Nose

September 15, 2019

Garden Report for 1900916

Mid-September is mild and showery. Highs in the mid 70’s, lows around 50. Next week is scheduled to be equally cool and wet.

The seeds-on-tape container lettuce has run into problems.  Wednesday, I found that something was eating them and that one of the containers has been stripped bare. I spent some time with a flashlight on successive nights, trying to find the culprit, to no avail. I need to knit some sort of mesh cover to keep the bugs out.

Winter squash are starting to come in. Three Buttercup (1.4kg, 1.2kg, 1.2kg), a spaghetti squash (1.3kg) and a pie pumpkin (800g). Plus, there’s a very pale acorn squash, that might or might not be edible. A rather nice acorn squash sat on the wet ground too long and was et up by bugs. Meanwhile, the summer squash plants are at EOL. Leaves turning yellow and remaining fruit coming out misshapen.

It’s squash time!

Coming up are a whole bunch of Early Girls, plus an assortment of tomatoes in the main garden. For winter squash, there’s two more Buttercups hanging around, three more spaghetti squash, two things that might be spaghetti squash*, and a probable pumpkin.

I cooked up another batch of tomato sauce. That’s about ten liters so far. Had to do it, because all the tomatoes on the kitchen counter are going soft. And of course, now I’ve got another 32kg to deal with.

Here’s the scoreboard.

Week
Ending
09/16
Vegetable

(bold = final)

Count Total

Weight
g

Unit

Weight
g

Grand

Total

Total
Weight
kg
  EG Garden 3 250 83 56 4.72
EG Container (2) 27 2380 88 93 7.55
EG Bag 8 600 75 58 3.52
EG Deck 30 1.77
Other tomato 17 1890 111 199 15.1
Summer Squash 13 2.56
Zucchini 2 1075 537 22 7.37
Spaghetti
squash
1 1340 1 1.34
Winter Squash 4 4600 1150 4 4.60
Carrots 0.70
Kohlrabi 2 0.90
Grand Total 49.7

This looks to be a record year, with close to 50kg already, and four biggish squash still to come.

*On the one hand, they have a mottled, melon-like, surface. On the other hand, the vine traces back to a “Spaghetti Squash” tag.

Green Thumb Up My Nose

September 8, 2019

Garden Report for 1900909

Here we are into September already. Warm and dry to start. Warm and wet to end.

Midweek sweep got one zucchini and 14 garden tomatoes. Some of them may be Early Girls, but the plants are now so intertwined I can’t tell. End of the week picked up two small summer squash and 17 more tomatoes, some were EGs.

There’s more to come

The 60 House Container tomatoes are working on the ripening thing.

Here’s the scoreboard.

Week
Ending
09/09
Vegetable

(bold = final)

Count Total

Weight
g

Unit

Weight
g

Grand

Total

Total
Weight
kg
  EG Garden 12 830 69 53 4.47
EG Container (2) 66 5.17
EG Bag 50 2.92
EG Deck 30 1.77
Other tomato 31 3030 98 182 13.2
Summer Squash 2 274 137 13 2.56
Zucchini 1 240 240 20 6.3
Spaghetti
squash
Winter Squash
Carrots 0.70
Kohlrabi 2 0.90
Grand Total 38.0

 

Green Thumb Up My Nose

September 1, 2019

Garden Report for 1900902

The end of August usually presents the best weather of the year. In this case, dry, with highs in the 80’s (low to upper) and lows in the 50’s (low to upper). Dry enough that the mosquitoes are no longer a problem, the way they are during the nice weather of Spring. Next week is to be more of the same, and then we’re into proper Autumnals.

Closing out Sections 3 and 4. Mostly failures. Leeks, peas, beans and bok choy don’t grow. Does you or I or anyone know, why leeks, peas, beans and bok choy don’t grow? Harvested a (small) basketload of carrots — 700g worth. Good crop of weeds.

Only one zucchini plant still producing, otherwise, we’re waiting on the winter squashes.

Tomato plants are still cranking out tomatoes, mostly the big ones now. House Containers showed a flash of Champions. Main Garden gave us Beefsteak, Goliath, and Whoppers. That last is a bit of a whopper, because they aren’t much bigger than supermarket tomatoes. Early Girls are regrouping, preparing for one last surge next month sometime. Made two more quarts of tomato sauce, and gave away a mixed bag of mostly Early Girls, but also the last of our Cherokee Purples.

Later Girls at dawn

A quick count shows there’s at least another 60 tomatoes that we can expect to ripen before the frosts come.

Here’s the scoreboard.

Week
Ending
09/02
Vegetable

(bold = final)

Count Total

Weight
g

Unit

Weight
g

Grand

Total

Total
Weight
kg
  EG Garden 41 3.64
EG Container (2) 66 5.17
EG Bag 50 2.92
EG Deck 30 1.77
Other tomato 16 2200 138 151 12.88
Summer Squash 11 2.29
Zucchini 20 6.3
Spaghetti
squash
Winter Squash
Carrots 700 0.70
Kohlrabi 2 0.90
Grand Total 36.6

We remain in the top three years for midsommer yields, and the others had things like pumpkins to plump them up. Only halfway to the 50kg tomato harvest from 2012.

Green Thumb Up My Nose

August 25, 2019

Garden Report for 190826

The week kicked off with the hottest days of the month — 91F on Tuesday — then settled down to merely warm — upper 70s/low 80s, with the lows in the low 50’s.

I tried an experiment with the soaker hoses. Previously, I’d been soaking every day, for 20-30minutes, and the bigger tomatoes were tasting a little mushy. I cut back to every other day in the main garden, and daily for 20min on the containers. That seems to be enough water, since nothing is wilting. Preliminary tests look good.

We used the Early Girls from last week and the start of this week (about 3KG of each, plus all our cherry tomatoes) to make tomato sauce, and then MJ made fresh tomato soup. Very good. Six KG or so made a gallon of sauce. We found that a tomato juicer is an important kitchen accessory for this sort of thing. It does a good job of separating out the seeds and skin and stuff, and it means you don’t have to keep washing your feet. I hasten to add that it’s not a unitasker, because once the whortleberry crop starts coming in, we can use it for that.

First quart is already gone

OTOH, the long beans over-ripened, and so we only got about 48″ worth, plus another 56″ of yellow and brown. MJ says they taste metallic, but that may be the Zicam talking.

Closed out the cucumbers. Two containers, one on the deck and one on the east side of the house. Deck produced one 80g. House produced none (well, a couple of cocktail-sized). Also closed out all the other deck containers, since everything in them was dead due to our trip. Got a quart of cherry tomatoes out of it. Only thing left on the deck is two freshly planted lettuce and one spinach on the railing (plus the hanging basket).

Garden tomatoes are doing well fabulously. Cherokee Purples have given us 13 fruit at 1247g.  Total tomatoes this week are over 150 at almost 14kg. One of the Big Beeves weighed in at 470g.

Summertime squashes are not doing as well. They are either not producing, or are turning out misshapen semi-obscene shapes, like poorly inflated balloon animals. For other squash-like things, still unharvested are three probable spaghetti squash, one possible pumpkin, and three buttercups, plus whatever is hidden down amongst the burdock.

This, on top of the ones from last week.

 

Here’s the scoreboard.

Week
Ending
08/26
Vegetable

(bold = final)

Count Total

Weight
g

Unit

Weight
g

Grand

Total

Total
Weight
kg
  EG Garden 15 1130 75 41 3.64
EG Container (2) 26 1450 56 66 5.17
EG Bag 11 666 60 50 2.92
EG Deck 30 1.77
Other tomato 105 10676 101 135 10.68
Summer Squash 11 2.29
Zucchini 1 530 530 20 6.3
Spaghetti
squash
Winter Squash
Cucumber 1 80 80 1 0.08
Kohlrabi 2 0.90
Grand Total 34.4

This puts us in the top three years for midsommer yields, and the others had things like pumpkins to plump them up. Not yet challenging the 50kg tomato harvest from 2012.

Green Thumb Up My Nose

August 18, 2019

Garden Report for 190819

We were gone all week, on our second cruise to Alaska (coming soon to a sidebar near you). That soaker hose I rigged across all the containers seemed to work OK.

The containers along the east side of the house continue to produce. The Early Girl House Bag generated 20 tomatoes, and the two EG Containers generated 18. Also got 10 Champion VFNT (900g). The hanging tomato survived the trip from deck to planter, but might not have survived the trip back. In any event, all of its tomatoes are still greenies.

There were lots of tomatoes from the garden as well.  Garden EG produced only 17 tomatoes, but with a total weight of 1.6kg. Rutgers gave up 10 (1280g), and Big Beef had a kilogramsworth of meat in 4 tomatoes (finally, a tomato worthy of the name — we cooked hamburger tonight just to celebrate), and one lonely Bush Beefsteak at 140g.

All in all, we got something over 80 tomatoes at something over 7kg — this week. Too bad the lettuce has petered out.

Lots of salad in our future

Squash stayed reasonably sane. Two summer squash, one Cocozelle Zucchini, and two Genovese Zucchini, one of which was a two pound monster. I suspect it hid behind a leaf when I did my pre-trip purge. In any event, it was given to a friend before I could photograph it.

 

Here’s the scoreboard.

Week
Ending
08/19
Vegetable

(bold = final)

Count Total

Weight
g

Unit

Weight
g

Grand

Total

Total
Weight
kg
  EG Garden 17 1580 93 26 2.51
EG Container (2) 18 1380 77 40 3.72
EG Bag 20 1180 59 39 2.25
EG Deck 30 1.77
Other tomato 25 3325 30 3.96
Summer Squash 2 490 245 11 2.29
Zucchini 3 2330 1870 19 5.8
Spaghetti
squash
Winter Squash
Cucumber
Kohlrabi 2 0.90
Grand Total 23.2

This puts us in the top three years for midsommer yields, and the others had things like pumpkins to plump them up.

Green Thumb Up My Nose

August 12, 2019

Garden Report for 190812

The weather had the hots this week, with highs topping out at 97, with lots of haze and smoke from the WA wildfires.

The Early Girls in containers along the east side of the house continue to produce. Starting to get some non-EG tomatoes — five Champions from the House Bag.

Squash seems to be taking a breather; fine with me.

Only the top right corner are not Early Girls

We were to be away for the weekend, and the EG Deck Container cannot survive unless it’s watered at least once a day, so I harvested everything (including greenies), and I’ll let them ripen in the house. Total for that plant for the season was 25@1.8kg.

While I was at it, I decided that I’d try harvesting all the tomatoes with any color at all and bring them into the house as well. We’re in the high heat of summer, and they will ripen more slowly indoors. The goal is to have less of a crimson tide at the end of the month. That’s why the totals have jumped up so high.

 

Here’s the scoreboard.

Week
Ending
08/12
Vegetable

(bold = final)

Count Total

Weight
g

Unit

Weight
g

Grand

Total

Total
Weight
kg
  EG Garden 5 430 86 9 0.93
EG Container (2) 16 740 46 22 2.34
EG Bag 13 600 46 19 1.07
EG Deck 25 1500 60 30 1.77
Other tomato 5 640 120 5 0.64
Summer Squash 7 1.80
Zucchini 1 240 16 3.50
Spaghetti
squash
Winter Squash
Cucumber
Kohlrabi 2 0.90
Grand Total 12.5

We’re ahead of where we were last year (12.0kg) and 2017 (9.5kg), so this may end up being the best harvest since I started keeping records, in 2011.

Green Thumb Up My Nose

August 5, 2019

Garden Report for 190805

The weather continued warm, with highs mostly in the mid to upper 80s.

The Early Girls in containers along the east side of the house are just producing their little hearts out. Plus, we’re getting some Early Girl tomatoes that aren’t from the House Containers. Six so far from the House Bag. It’s about 50% bigger than the hard plastic containers, and so are the tomatoes. One was 100g and another was 140. Main garden actually produced some tomatoes this week — four Early Girls. Squash continues to squash.

Here’s the scoreboard.

Week
Ending
08/05
Vegetable Count Total

Weight
g

Unit

Weight
g

Grand

Total

Total
Weight
kg
  EG Garden 4 500 125 4 0.50
EG Container 24 1050 44 36 1.60
EG Bag 6 470 78 6 0.47
EG Deck 5 269 54 5 0.27
Other tomato
Summer Squash 2 400 200 7 1.80
Zucchini 6 1270 212 16 3.50
Spaghetti
squash
Winter Squash
Cucumber
Kohlrabi 2 0.90
Grand Total 9.0

You know that railing container of radishes I talked about earlier? Well, they’re actually lettuce. Boy is my face as red as a … as a red thing. But at least we’ll have lettuce until the next batch in the main garden shows up. Meanwhile, I have no idea where the radishes are.

Planted a railing container of spinach. All the garden spinach I’ve ever planted has been ravaged by leaf miners, so we’ll see.

Lettuce on the left, Spinach on the right.
I think.

Out front, the pepper-inna-tub has given us four banana peppers.

We’re well ahead of where we were this time last year (1.7kg), except that last year we were already getting big red tomatoes. Also ahead of 2017 (2.7kg). This doesn’t count the half-kilogram of greenies what have fallen off of various plants. They are off by themselves, quietly thinking about ripening.

Green Thumb Up My Nose

July 29, 2019

Garden Report for 190729

The weather continued warm, with highs mostly in the mid to upper 80s, but just touching 94F on Tuesday. Breezy Really windy at the end of the week. Forecast for pretty much the same for next week, only without the wind.

Finally got some tomatoes. Over the course of the week there were 12 small (~45g each) Early Girls, all from the house east side containers. Three afflicted with blossom end rot. They all were good, but had thick skins. I suspect this is the result of our exceedingly dry air. On the other hand, I note that it says here that Early Girls should run up to 250g. Not even a smidgen of red elsewhere. Picked the second kohlrabi, and about 24″ of yard long beans. Squash are churning out squash.

It’s a start

Here’s the scoreboard.

Week
Ending
07/29
Vegetable Count Total

Weight
g

Unit

Weight
g

Grand

Total

Total
Weight
kg
  EG Garden
EG Container 12 540 45 12 0.54
EG Bag
EG Deck
Other tomato
Summer Squash 1 200 200 5 1.4
Zucchini 4 930 230 10 2.2
Spaghetti
squash
Winter Squash
Cucumber
Kohlrabi 1 320 320 2 0.9
Grand Total 5.0

I am trying something new on the watering front. I threaded a soaker hose around the house containers — it’s long enough to go both ways — and I’m hooking it up to the timer. We’ll see if and how much watering will take the place of me standing there with a hose. Not that there’s anything wrong with standing.

The hose is there, it’s just hard to see.
Click to embiggen.

We’re ahead of where we were this time last year (1.7kg), except that last year we were already getting big red tomatoes. Also ahead of 2017 (2.7kg)

Green Thumb Up My Nose

July 14, 2019

Garden Report for 190715

Hot and dry all week, with temperatures averaging in the mid 80’s F.

Harvested the first kholrabi. Softball sized and 520g. The second one is more hardball sized, and I’ll wait a bit on that one. Also harvested a 400g summer squash. There’s one Delicata and about four more summer squash (hey, the name says Early Prolific) coming along, so next week I’ll start the scoreboard. Later this summer, I’ll harvest the spaghetti squash.

Planted one row each of my seeds-on-tape lettuce: Butterchrunch, EZ Harvest, Krucha, Lento. Harvest time 45-75 days (early to late September). This will give us a chance to see which variety we like more.

Tomatoes are coming along. Time for a first look at my Early Girl experiment. Each of the four have produced ~20 tomatoes of a size worth mentioning (say, plum or larger), but the small container on the deck is producing smaller fruits. (click to embiggen)

Note that the various containers were watered about 20hrs prior to the photos, and we’ve had some warm, windy conditions. That (and the container size) may be why the deck container is looking so puny. On the other hand, the east-facing house tomatoes get more sun (including reflection) than does the garden plant.

Green Thumb Up My Nose

May 6, 2019

Garden Report for 190506

Finally, the weather gets warm and the wind dies down. Forecast is for warm and dry, with temps low-50’s to mid-70’s.

This was my busy weekend. All of the seedlings got planted, and the greenhouse (outdoors) and the potting table (indoors) were cleared away. Right now, the new plantings look like this:

Room for three or four more tomatoes

 Section 02

Early Girl, Parks Whopper, Rutgers, Goliath, Bush Beefsteak

Room for one more something

House

Early Girl (2),

Yard Long Beans, Cucumber, Kholrabi

No more room

Deck

Early Girl, Grape, Patio (hanging)

Cucumber, Sugar Pea (2)

Plus lettuce and chard in small planters. You can see one on the railing. That’s an old belt what I have outgrown holding it on.

 

The Early Girls are part of an experiment. I put one each in the main garden, on the deck, and in one of the planting bags, plus two in front of the house — one with normal potting soil and the other a 50/50 mix of recycled soil. We’ll see which one produces the most.

Planted out the Snap Peas into Section 3. Plan calls for more carrots and lettuce and chard (oh my). I have some leeks-on-tape that I’ll probably put there also.

I haven’t properly repaired the hose for Section 4 yet, so nothing’s there. I plan Asparagus, Amaranth, and maybe more peas.

Wind finally died down enough to plant the tapes (they are as light and fragile as toilet paper and they don’t do well in a breeze). Section 1 got five feet each of carrots, Lento lettuce, and Krucha lettuce. They’re all from Poland, for some reason, but the pictures look buttercrunchlike. In Section 2 I put six feet of bunching onions and six feet of real buttercrunch. More stuff will go in Section 3 this week, but I’ma gonna hold off on any more lettuce so’s we don’t have to eat monster salads all through July.

Green Thumb Up My Nose

July 10, 2018

Garden Report for 180710

According to Cliff Mass, NW summer really arrives today.

Just by chance, this is also the day my first tomatoes are due. An Early Girl, transplanted on May 21st, and tomato-ready today, 50 days later — it says here in the planting guide.

Those planting guides may not be totally accurate.

So far, that’s the only tomato on this plant.

 

Green Thumb Up My Nose

May 21, 2018

Garden Report for 180521

Well behind on gardening this year. Something to do with teh chemo. The garden and environs look like something out of a D&D game description: you stumble upon an abandoned house, with an overgrown garden and a yard that is reverting to forest…

Finally bought a bunch of tomatoes from the local hardware store, one of each:

Section 1: Champion, Beefsteak Hybrid, Brandywine, Big Boy, Carolina Gold, Big Beef, Oregon Spring.

Deck containers: Early Girl, Pink Accordion, Busch All Star Beefsteak, SunSugar.

Also bought snow peas and cucumbers. One cucumber went into the tub out front, and all the rest went into Section 1.

Of course, immediately after I bought all this, it poured down rain for two days.

My other project is to remove the hops on the south wall, and replace them with ivy. The hops worked well, but their ‘berries’ are poisonous to dogs, which meant I had to climb up every Fall and cut them down before they started producing. I’m too old and fat to do that any more. Stage 1 worked well — the plastic grid panel came off at the first tug. It’s probably lucky I did it deliberately, otherwise the whole thing would have fallen down unexpectedly. Now I have to dig up the hops, so they don’t come back.

I will probably limit the garden to Sections 1 and 2. Next year, when I’m retired, I can go all out.

Green Thumb Up My Nose

August 24, 2014

Garden Report for 140824

The weather this week was variable, with highs running from the low 90’s to the low 70’s, and thunderstorms (mostly) in the distance.

Three baskets like this. And you thought the "Crimson Tide" was a football team

Three baskets like this.
And you thought the “Crimson Tide” was a football team

Harvested twenty pounds of tomatoes, about half from the containers, the other half from the KHG. The KHG tomatoes, where I can tell (it’s a jungle out there!), were mostly Early Girl and 4th of July, with a couple of deeply buried Super Fantastics.

Here’s how the containers are doing:
Containers, Deck:
4th of July— Mix of medium and small. Pretty much tasteless, and nowhere near ready on the 4th…even of August.
Marglobe — n/r
Northern Exposure — n/r
Husky Red — One medium, the rest small. Good taste, sweet.

Containers, House:
Brandywine Red — All are small. Taste is good.
Super Fantastic — The only really large ones. Excellent taste
Early Girl/Best Boy (2 pots, not sure which is which)  — n/r
Beefsteak — Appears to be a bush version, or maybe mislabeled (it’s the store label). Small fruit. Good taste.
Red Cherry — Big, for cherries. Good flavor. Maybe use these in the hanging bags next year
Crimson Cushion — n/r

Hangers, or ought to be:
S-100 — Lots. Small. Taste OK. Mostly skin.
Napa Grape — Not a lot, but this is the plant that was blown off the deck. Taste OK. Skin.
Glacier — Determinate, so it’s done for the year. Not a lot, but good tasting.

So far, only about 20% are what I call supermarket size — 5oz or bigger — and less than half of those are of the big, slicing size. The skin on all the tomatoes so far has been very thick. As in, chew up a tomato quarter and spit out the skin thick.

I decided to not include a Last Week this week. Fiddling with the HTML was just too tiresome. So last week was the last Last Week as well as being the first Last Week. This week there’s just a This Week, and next week will also be just a This Week.

Week
Ending
Vegetable Count Weight
oz
Unit
Weight
oz
Total Total
Weight
lb
8/24
Tomato 93  330 3.5  160 28.7
Summer  1  0.5
8-Ball
Delicata
Cuke
Spaghetti
Pumpkin  6  7.25
Beans  –  –  –  3.0
Peas  –  –  –  3.0
Cabbage  5  7.5

Looks like we will have an El Nino Winter this year*, which means warmer and dryer (all our water is going to California). That said, I think I’ll take a chance on some late plantings. A couple weeks ago, I ripped all the non-performing (i.e. all) brassicae out of Section 3, and replanted some cabbage and Brussels sprouts. That left a lot of bare ground, and KHG farmers hate bare ground. So, on Friday, I planted a bunch of lettuce, some beets, radishes, and carrots. Not much of a risk there** — they are all about 60 days to harvest, so only pushed the last harvest into mid-November. I also reconnected the drip hose that had come off. This is the fourth time I’ve had to fix a blown connector. Next year, new hose all around!

*And of course, no sooner do I act on this, than they downgrade the probability from 80% to 65%. If we do get a visit from The Kid, it could move the date of the first frost from mid-September to mid-October.
**Except that the squirrels went mad digging in the fresh dirt. I could drag out the chicken wire covers, but I think I’ll just let the plants take their chances. The cabbage, et al., are each in their own water-bottle cloches, so they should be OK.