Harvest on 8/22. Eggplants from fat eggplant in caged position 1 which is growing extremely well. The tomatoes are producing without BER and will probably reach an average of 25/plant or 200 tomatoes total for the year. This haul was 17 and today (8/25) there were 13 and they keep coming day after day. Second wave harvest might be doubtful as some kind of blight is setting in. More on this later.
Tomato harvest resumed yesterday (after more than a week) and while up there I picked a bunch of habeneros, eggplants and cucumbers. The tomato plants are waning. They still have mites. Hopefully next year I can thwart the mites before they establish a colony because once established they seem impossible to eliminate. I estimate the second harvest to last a week or so with about 8 or 9 tomatoes per plant (65-75 total tomatoes). There is no more growth in the plants so after this they’re done for the year. I’m not complaining about the tomatoes this year. The morning glory vines however …. more on that later.
Update 9/11: Harvested 15 more decent sized tomatoes today. There might be an average of 10 greens/plant left so projected harvest might be more than 80 until the end of season. Habeneros also are coming in as well as 9 large cucumbers.
Here’s a pic of today’s harvest. I picked a lot of eggplants because I have been lax at picking them the last couple of weeks. Although I don’t have numerical data, it seems like I’m producing the same number of eggplants with 8 plants as in previous years with double that many planted. This year I went from 3 to 2 eggplants per large container and a couple of singles that have gotten rather large. Tomatoes are still doing OK which is far better than the situation last year.
This corner has a collapsed box that I decided to let be this year because of the large population of volunteer snapdragons from last season. The box contains 8 habeneros, 2 cucumbers, 1 eggplant, and 1 Cleome that I planted. In the bottom left corner is part of the pineapple mint container which is on its third or fourth year. Next season I’ll have to replace this box and since it supports edibles I can’t use treated wood. This pine box painted with white polyurethane paint was built for the 2007 season so it has lasted only 6 years — which might not be so bad. The treated wood boxes on the veranda level are on their 11th year and show no signs of wear. I need to figure out a way to line the inside of these large box containers with some kind of plastic to protect the wood from soil moisture without introducing nasty chemicals that can get into edible plants.
Here’s the box in 2007 on SE wall main roof.
Caged position 7 (left) two eggplants and caged position 8 (right) Big Boy tomato. For some reason, these two positions sitting right next to each other in the middle of the row represent the largest of their kind. The two eggplants are the largest I have ever seen growing on this rooftop. The Big Boy is the largest tomato so far but I had never grown this type before. This Big Boy is the biggest of all four that have been planted in this row. It is clear that three eggplants per 20 gallon container is too much.
Overall tomato status update: Hard showers are a daily occurance for tomatoes, cukes, and eggplants. After the second hard pruning I have not seen any mites even though some leaves are curled. Pulled another stunted BER tomato from a Big Boy but it looked like a reject. No BER on Celebrity so far (knock on wood). Lots of green. First real harvest should be sometime this week or next. The tomatoes did a hard fail right after the first week of August last year (see archives). So far so good this year. Zeem application may not be necessary but having a bottle in storage might prove useful for later and certainly next year.