el diablo robotico (platypus) wrote,
el diablo robotico
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state of the tomatoes

I re-staked the tomato plants yet again today; they all LIED about being compact plants that don't require support. Meanwhile, the yellow pear is intent on taking over the universe, but I'm letting it fend for itself; at least those tomatoes are lightweight. It's well outgrown the cage and I don't have anything bigger. It's growing up the side of the house now. I was planning on sticking some of it into the trellis there, actually. But we're going to have to pull the trellis away from the wall when they repaint the house in a couple of weeks, so I don't want it to get too comfortable.

I finally gave up on my hanging tomato plant as well. I don't know what went wrong. The remaining tomatoes all ripened at their current (tiny) size rather than maturing to regular cherry tomato size, and all the foliage is dead. Final tally: 28 good tomatoes, 75 dubious ones (if the tiny tomatoes are very ripe, some of them taste okay, but they're not that great since they're mostly skin). There were probably 75 more where that came from, but I only took the ones that looked like they might be worth eating. If the plant had thrived, it would have been awesome. I have no idea what variety it was, or why it died when all my other tomatoes are green and healthy. Fertilizer may have been an issue, but by the time I did anything it was surely too late.

I've had nine tomatoes off the yellow pear (decent but a little bland), six excellent ones off Patio (I think? it might be Better Bush) and two off Better Bush (except it might be Patio). The outermost layer of skin on the latter was... persistent... in a way that I remember Patio being from a few years ago. I wish I were sure which was which. Sadly, the one with the better tomatoes has been a bitch to stake. It's got one skinny stem and is determined to commit suicide.

The only plant I haven't had anything off yet is Bush Goliath, and true to its name it has some nearly full-sized tomatoes ripening. I'm looking forward to that.

Something's been chewing on one of the plants, but I can't find any caterpillars. They're hard to spot, though. They haven't gotten any of the tomatoes yet, at least. I also chucked away about six snails while I was puttering around. One was the size of my pinky fingernail. They look so innocent when they're young.

I also trimmed spent blooms off the kangaroo paw (they're terribly messy if you let them fall off) and pulled out some alyssum that was never going to take root. The garden's looking a little crappy these days, but I don't seem to have a lot of energy for anything but the tomatoes, and with the water restrictions I don't really want to try to establish more flowers anyway.
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