Some of the Tasty Bites melons are forming that distinctive cantaloupe netting. I cannot wait for these to be ready!
The Yellow Perfection tomato plants are producing lots of golf ball sized fruit. The plants are prolific and grow well in a rooftop environment, so I wish I could add this variety to the greatest hits list, but unfortunately the fruits are not that flavorful, so they don't make the cut. The fruits are good, certainly better than anything that's been trucked to your local supermarket, but they don't have that wow factor. If you like mild tasting tomatoes, however, this would be a good choice to grow.
The Sungolds are still awesome though. I gave several seedlings away earlier this year. To those who got them how are the plants doing? Have you tasted the cherries yet? What do you think of their flavor?
King Crimson peppers turning red.
Some of the Atris peppers are also turning red. I first noticed the change on Friday the 15th, so according to the seed description they should be completely red in 7days, Friday the 22nd. Fingers crossed!
The next few days are supposed to be crazy hot, close to 100 degrees, and I'm sure hotter on the roof. I wonder if that will accelerate or slow down the process. We shall see.
The Lemon cucumber plant is hanging on despite the powdery mildew. The leaves are yellow though, so who knows how long it will last.
The Valencia tomatoes have finally started changing color. Right now I've harvested just one fruit, but more should be ready in a few days. The first tomato off a plant is usually mushy and blah in flavor, so I was pleasantly surprised by how firm and flavorful this fruit was. This means the next ones should be even better!
Since the fruits are so tasty I would love to grow this seed again, but unfortunately I don't think this particular plant likes it on the roof. In mid June I noticed the bottom leaves were curling. Once I read about what causes leaf curl I realized the problem was never going to go away.
Tomato leaves curl naturally if it's too dry, too hot, too humid or too windy. In other words, the leaves will tend to curl if growing conditions are not optimum for the plant.When I read the above passage I laughed and shook my head. The roof is too dry, too hot & too windy all the time. I resigned myself to stressed plants and waited for pests to descend and/or for disease to kick in.
Lucky me I got both! First it was aphids, now it's disease. I'm not sure what disease has hit the plants, I haven't spent much time examining the leaves. If I figure it out I'll let you know.
On a brighter note the Fairy Tale eggplants are doing fine and continue to churn out fruit.
July 14-July 20:
Cherry Tomato (Sungold): 12.8 ounces
Cucumber (Lemon): 1 pound, 2.3 ounces
Eggplant (Fairy Tale): 9.9 ounces
Tomato (Valencia): 4.2 ounces
Tomato (Yellow Perfection): 1 pound, 8.3 ounces
This Harvest: 4 pounds, 5.5 ounces
Running Weight Total 2011: 9 pounds, 7 ounces