Tie up the Tomatoes

Have you ever noticed how easy it is for things to get ahead of you? At least it is for me. As we have been building a greenhouse for berries and tomatoes, planting thousands of plants, and working to keep the weeds at bay, somethings seem to get missed or neglected.

Several weeks ago we planted a wide variety of tomatoes. They have been growing nicely. So nicely, in fact, that they are now almost too big to tie up.

We have found that tomatoes do strikingly better if they are trained by tying them up so the fruit gets good exposure to the sun and air during the growing process. Normally, this is done right away. This year the conditions have been such that this has been impossible. So this week we will be working to get it done. They will be fine, but the lower portions of the plant will have to lay on the plastic. At least the tomatoes will still be clean and protected from the soil.

As the season progresses and the plants grow more strings will be added. Many of the varieties will reach four feet tall before they stop growing. It will be a very pretty sight to see all of the fruit changing color for all to see.

This season has been quite different from last year. The warmth has brought plants along much more rapidly. I expect the yields will be better if we continue to see as much sunshine as we have so far. It is great to have rain come one day and then have the rest of the week be clear. Plants do not do well when they are damp continuously. Mold and fungus overcome them easily. Protecting them becomes a very expensive and arduous task. So to this point we have been very blessed with great weather. Let the tomatoes grow!

Summer is here

It has been a long time since I posted anything. The last one I wrote got lost because the site logged me out, but still showed the page. I finished what I wanted to say and hit post, poof , everything was gone. I had to go out to the fields and have not been back until today. Thousands of plants have been transplanted at this point. I believe George said we have planted over 700 flats of vegetables so far. It is so many I can feel it. The past two weeks have been sunlight to after dark. It is odd eating supper after ten at night.

To date every type of vegetable has been planted. Corn has been planted five times. The first planting was lost to frost, but the rest are very healthy. The process of planting corn will be a weekly adventure until the end of July so we will have corn once it starts until the first hard frost.

Certain vegetables like beans will be planted several times throughout the summer so that there can be a consistent supply once they begin. Lettuce has been planted now, three times. Tomatoes twice with the last planting to be made in a few days. They will be put into the greenhouse so that there will be tomatoes until November. At least this is the hope.

Day neutral strawberries have been planted. They will start producing berries later in the summer and continue until they are frosted out. They have been planted into the greenhouse to extend the season. Raspberries are planted. They should have a limited number of berries before the season is done. Apples experienced a frost again this year. That makes three in a row. So much for ‘global warming’. Unlike last year there are enough on the trees to supply everyone well this fall. The only sad thing is the Ginger Golds, were completely lost. The regular Golden’s have a good crop. We will just have to wait longer to get them though.

Because spring was so tough, certain things will be a little later beginning, but it still should be a great year. Thankfully there has not been too much rain like last year. If things continue this way the quality of everything will be great. All of the drip irrigation has been connected as we have been planting. It is a wonderful thing to have a dry plant with warm moist roots, getting moisture just as it is needed.

Finally, enjoy the warm weather. We have been. Also enjoy the adventure of many different vegetables.