Thursday, September 18, 2014

A Chill in the Air

Now that some nights are dipping into the 50's I'm thinking about what should be pulled and what should stay.

Sunsugar F1 cherry tomato. There are still several green cherries on the vines so this plant will stay for as long as it can hold out against the rising wind.

Little Baby Flower F1 watermelon. These plants will definitely get pulled soon, these fruits are not getting any bigger. I'm just waiting for the tendrils closet to the fruits to die back. The smallest one was harvested this week.

It was so small, about the size of a baseball, that I wasn't sure if the interior would be edible, but it totally was.

One thing I need to do is remove the wooden planks the containers are sitting on. These planks protect the containers from the hot roof during summer, but now with fall on its way the heat would actually be helpful in extending plant life.

Orange Blaze F1 pepper.

If I could I would let these plants linger until frost, but I know the fruits will stall out once the wind picks up, so I'm going to monitor fruit growth for a few weeks. If I don't observe a noticeable improvement in size within that time I'll pick the green peppers and prep the container for storage.

I found a hornworm caterpillar in these plants so I'm going to dry out the container and then churn the soil to ferret out any hidden pupa. Actually, I'm doing this for all the containers before they're closed up winter. I don't want to drag any of this year's problems into the next!

Beaverlodge tomato. This plant was bred for cooler regions so it will stay as long as there are fruits on the vine.

Orient Express F1 eggplant. This plant will definitely go soon. One full week of overnight temps in the 50's, which I think will happen soon, means this plant will be retired.

Bush Goliath F1 tomato. The tomato that was riddled with some kind of larvae, most likely tomato fruitworms, fell off and was trashed several days ago. This plant had a horrible year so it will be put out of its misery once this last tomato is ready.

Giant Aconcagua peppers

This variety is a heat lover so I'm just waiting for the peppers to turn completely red and then the plants will be retired.

Pink Berkeley Tie Dye tomato

Just one tomato left on this plant.

September 11-September 17:

Cherry Tomato (Sunsugar F1): 2.875 ounces

Eggplant (Orient Express F1): 2.875 ounces

Pepper (Giant Aconcagua): 1 pound, 4.375 ounces

Tomato (Beaverlodge): 6.5 ounces

Tomato (Bush Goliath F1): 4.625 ounces

Tomato (Pink Berkeley Tie Dye): 10.875 ounces

Watermelon (Little Baby Flower F1): 9.125 ounces

Total: 3 pounds, 9.25 ounces

2014 Running Weight Total: 49 pounds, 13.875 ounces

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