October 23, 2006

A Good Year For Tomatoes

On Sunday morning I "winterized" the front yard, which included the season's last mow and edging and cleaning up the flowerbeds. I also harvested the last of the veggies that we grew this year as an experiment.


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Folks, this is the last harvest from *one* tomato plant, *one* cherry tomato plant (grown in a flowerpot), and *one* jalepeno pepper plant. We probably got close to 200 tomatoes from that one plant, and I did nothing more than water it fairly regularly. No fertilizer, no insecticide, nada. As such, I estimate the loss rate to hungry bugs and stuff to be around 40%, and when I picked a tomato and found it to be unsuitable for the table, I dropped it on the ground as bait/decoy and eventual fertilizer.

Figure a hundred each from the cherry tomato and jalepeno plants, and it was a bountiful year around here, and the neighbors enjoyed it too.

Still, come Spring I'm planting boxwoods. The HOA was on my case about the veggies in the front yard, and the garden was a whole lot more work than a few small shrubs. Oh well, it was fun (and tasty) while it lasted.

Posted by: Ted at 05:08 PM | category: Square Pegs
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1 Wow, there is some microclimate difference at work here...our tomato crop was nowhere nearly that good. After the early August heat wave nothing seemed to ripen.

Or maybe it's that trick you mentioned, the watering thing. I'll try that next summer.

Posted by: nic at October 23, 2006 07:38 PM (l+W8Z)

2 Nice crop,Ted.I had an awesome garden last year but decided to forego one this year.My spot is on my grandmother's property and with her having supposed to have been building a new house and all I figured best to put aside any gardening or landscaping until it's done.
Now after a year of dealing with a deadbeat contractor the clock is now back to zero on that project.Hopefully once things get rolling there will be a whole new house there.
The entire project has changed from building a second house on the extra lot to completely tearing down the old one and starting from scratch.......just like I suggested years ago.
Anyways,if the house is done by spring there's gonna be a helluva garden.
Oh and BTW,I gotta ask;HOA? An HOA would go over like a turd in a freakin' punchbowl around here.Just imagine that.....someone tellin' us what we can and can't do with our property.

Posted by: Russ at October 24, 2006 05:10 PM (K33HX)

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