Monday, August 22, 2011

Update on the Statistics

Well, no new pictures to show off, so I thought I'd at least update the statistics. So far we've taken a total of 53 tomatoes, although I'm only showing 51 since the first two are from August 1st and we tiny little runts that I took off mostly because they'd been bitten by something and some ants had somehow gotten up to them and were swarming all over one of them. I know that doesn't sound too appetizing, but I washed them off, cut out the part that was bitten and ate them anyway. There is no point is wasting a perfectly good tomato. I like to slice them up and then drop a drop of horseradish sauce on each slice and a bit of salt and then savor them as I eat them one by one. The only thing better is to put them on a juicy hamburger. The total quantity right now is a little more than 18 pounds with an average a bit higher than 5 and a half ounces each. The biggest single tomato and these are all Big Boys has been one 10 ounce one and then three in the 8 to 9 ounce range. As you can see the mode is in the 7 to 8 ounce range.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Status Update

Here it is August 15, 2011 — Where has all the Summer gone. School will start in a couple of weeks and I'm only starting to get tomatoes. That will teach me to start the plants earlier in the future. The picture above shows the edge of the garden after a heavy rainfall which knocked down a couple of the tomato cages. That's very annoying but doesn't really seem to bother the tomatoes that much.
We have a counter top full of tomatoes. In all I've picked 25 so far for a total of 7.97 (almost eight) pounds. Some of them have exhibited some splitting, testimony to the heat and the fact that they're not grown hydroponically. I've also had some blossom end rot. But on the whole they look pretty good as I think you can see. They are all big boys but I don't think they've been all that big. The average weight has only been about 5 1/8 ounces, maybe six if we throw out some of the outliers. I'll put a histogram up of their weight when I have some more data.And here are a few still on the vine waiting to be picked. The first two, rather disappointing ones were picked on August 1st and then it's been fast and furious staring on August 10th, 12th, 14th, and 15th. Pretty soon the counter will be overflowing and we'll be seeking tomato eaters or adjusting our diet to be more in keeping with the largesse available.