The Great Tomato Tangle

To date, I have managed to tie up less than 30% of the tomato vines. Obviously, tomato harvest goes much faster when vine tangling is minimized. At this point, with some vines approaching 10′ long in all directions, it takes up to 10 minutes to untangle and tie up just one vine. Multiply by maybe 800 vines that need it and – yikes! What a jumbled jungle! Here’s one shot from August 25th –

Tomato Jungle!

Two latest weekly videos documenting rapid growth of tomato vines –

Tomato Patch 6 Weeks After Transplanting Completed
Tomato Patch 7 Weeks After Transplanting Completed

To date (August 31st), approximately 100 batches of tomatoes have made it through the second phase of processing: taking field notes, photos, sampling, setting aside for fermentation.  This in the neighborhood of about 1% of the work needed this season before all seeds are processed, dried, packaged, inventoried, and ready to go.

So many varieties of tomatoes already harvested – where do I even start? How about a very small one, and the first two tomatoes harvested to top 1 lb. — though there are several larger ones still green –

The weather has been very cooperative the past couple of weeks – high temperatures mostly under 95° F, occasional thunderstorms, some wind to help with pollination. Still, many blossoms are dropping; Curly Top virus is still killing scores of plants; hornworms are still prevalent; and frost could be here within 3-4 weeks. Many megablooms, profiled in last month’s blog, have failed. Some vines, such as Estonian Yellow Cherry, are absolutely loaded with blossoms, though most of them have fallen by now, unpollinated. However, a heat wave is just starting! At least for larger-fruited varieties, if blossoms have not set fruit by now, they will have little chance of setting fruit and ripening before first fall frost.

There are a number of hard-working, unpaid, underappreciated assistants –

Preying Mantis
Black Widow Spider

Not all strictly tomatoes – I have a bit of an aesthetic streak as well, and a few hundred plants are not tomato vines.

Many gardeners who are familiar with Delectation of Tomatoes may not be familiar with documents of interest that are located on the associated Google Drive. These files are shared publicly at:

DT Shared Files

Contributions to these files are particularly welcome and appreciated, as I depend heavily upon feedback from other growers:

DT Big Tomato List

Tastiest Tomatoes

Heat Tolerant Varieties

Container Varieties

Dwarf and Smaller-vined varieties

Very Productive Varieties

Extra Early Tomato Varieties DT Disclosure

September is moments away – LET THE TOMATO AVALANCHE BEGIN! [and farewell to sleep…] 😴

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