Apparently this week should have been Tomato Day week, because we are FINALLY getting a good number of tomatoes. These are mostly tomatoes that set during our last “cool” spell back about the third week of June.

Pretty they are not, but they are tomatoes! These fine specimens are all from the Heirloom Tomato trial. Most of them are Marmandes (the orangey red ones) and the two pink ones are Black Krim. The Amish Paste have yet to set fruit that I can see. There would have been two more Black Krim, except that they were rotten thanks to some birds pecking them and damaging the skins. UGH – nothing is worse than rotten tomatoes.

We’re also seeing some tomatoes setting on during the heat, and we’re trying to collect some data as to what varieties are setting and how well. If you would like to participate, you can enter the following information in the Comments.

1. Variety and total number of plants planted

2. Number of plants of each variety with GREEN tomatoes that are SMALLER than golf ball size (or smaller than a large pea in the case of cherry tomatoes).

3. Any other information you think might be relevant (i.e. – planted early/late, shade, watering, insect/disease damage, herbicide injury, fertility, etc.)

About Rebecca

I'm a Horticulture Educator with Sedgwick County Extension, a branch of K-State Research and Extension, located in Wichita, KS. I teach about fruits, vegetables, and herbs.

Posted on August 4, 2011, in Around the Garden and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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