Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Tomato ups and downs


Well, this is depressing.


This is the full, ugly picture of stink bug damage:  a doomed tomato (in my despair I forgot to note which variety) in the Derwood Demo Garden.  (That's a cucumber beetle hanging out on the side.  The stink bugs have moved on, I expect.)  And that's one of the healthier plants there; we've had a lot of disease too.

But the news is not all bad.


These are tomatoes from my own garden, where I've had the chance to pick early at breaker stage and ripen indoors.  I've had a great crop, especially from these three varieties.  From top: Jubilee, not quite fully ripe; Speckled Roman, one of the larger ones (they've had a small incidence of blossom end rot, but mostly are fine); and a small Early Big Red, since I sauced or gave away all the larger ones I had around before remembering to take the photo.  The last comes from seeds I got from Shumway's in 2005; I believe the packet was free for ordering over a certain amount.  Since they were labeled "experimental variety" I didn't think they'd be currently marketed under the same name, but Reimer's seems to sell Early Big Red seeds and the description sounds reasonable.  Other companies may as well.  They've been very reliable.  But they are not as cool-looking as Speckled Roman. :)

I wish we made frequent enough visits to the demo garden to keep up with picking, and weren't losing as many of the wonderful varieties there to the nasty villainous stink bugs.  Boo!  They are sucking on our jalapenos and other peppers big-time too, and I have no confidence in the popcorn crop.

3 comments:

  1. I can relate to that damaged tomato. My father has a huge tomato plantation which he started to harvest but there are also some damaged fruits. Maybe because of the weather and lack of medicines.

    Cassy from Guitar Made Easy

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  2. Sorry to hear about your tomato damage. I got lucky, I was able to produce a good crop of tomatoes & peppers this season.

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  3. Thanks for both your comments, and yes, the extent and reasons for damage seem to have varied quite a lot. I have stink bugs at home but not in nearly the numbers that have found the demo garden.

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