|May 7, 2012||#16|
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Houston, TX
We have under four weeks until SETTFest, and no one is posting updates?
I am optimistic that I will have at least a few large 'maters for the sampling, but most of mine are going to be in the mid-size range. I finally conceded defeat and strung out my soaker hoses and have moved to a vigorous watering schedule in an effort to improve size. I will also be hitting everyone with another dose of fertilizer soon.
Lucky Cross is proving to be a disappointment. Although everyone has blooms, this one has been the least prolific. Roy and Shelly report the same results ("typical Brandywine" --Roy). I will likely not plant it again --coulda had a Cherokee Purple instead!
I had a mystery 'mater volunteer in the lawn off the patio, and I was able to transplant it successfully to the beds. It is some sort of red cherry, good but not outstanding taste, decent production. I will try to bring some for sampling.
JD's C-Tex (store-bought) had precociously early blooms and actually produced pickable (blushing) fruit by Day 60; however, by allowing the fruits to come in, I think I have hampered production on the plant overall. I may not produce any more in time for June 2.
Knock wood but I have had few bug problems; a semi-rigorous schedule of neem oil seems to work well for me. What bugs there are seem to be more attracted to the mustard greens, which I am leaving in the ground to serve as a distraction.
Another lousy year for squash. I think it's a pollination issue.
There is no logical response to the question, "Why won't you let me plant more tomatoes?"