Sunday, July 26, 2009

Cloned Sun Gold Cherry Tomato Plant Update

The Sun Gold Cherry Tomato plant that I cloned is growing really well.

In the month since my previous blog entry , the plant has reached over 3 feet and producing lots of flowers.

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Winter Melons Galore!

My Winter Melon plants are starting to produce a lot of fruit. The picture below shows 4 Winter Melons hanging on the vines.

These are closeups of the Winter Melons.

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Second Crop of Tomatoes

I have start a second crop of Cherry Tomatoes. This is to replace plants that have either been killed by diseased or were no longer producing much fruit.

The picture below shows the Cherry Tomatoes that I am now growing in my 2 primary Raised Beds. There are 7 Cherry Tomatoes in these Raised Beds.

The three Cherry Tomatoes labeled Mystery come from the mystery seedlings that I discovered growing in my garden a month ago (see this blog entry).

The Clone Sun Gold Cherry Tomato plant is the cloned seedling that I transplanted two weeks ago (see this blog entry). It has tripled in size in the last 2 weeks.

The Clone Sweet Baby Girl is another cloned seedling that I started roughly at the same time as the Clone Sun Gold Cherry Tomato.

The Pruned Cherry Tomato is a Sun Cherry Extra Sweet that is still producing and is still in good shape. I pruned back some of the branches.

The Cut Back Cherry Tomato is the Sun Gold Cherry Tomato that has produced the most fruit this season (see this blog entry). It is still growing, but I have picked almost all of the fruit from the plant. It is also too tall for me to pick easily, so I decided to remove the branches above 4 feet. Hopefully, the Cherry Tomato plant will grow back quickly and start producing fruit.

I also have 4 other Cherry Tomato plants (2 Sweet Baby Girls, 1 Sugar Snack and 1 Super Sweet 100) that are growing in another Raised Bed. These Cherry Tomato plants are still producing abundant fruit.

Hopefully, they will continue to produce fruit until the new Cherry Tomato plants start producing fruit.

Saturday, July 4, 2009

First Winter Melon and Kabocha Harvest

Today, I picked my first Winter Melons and a Kabocha.

It's been 3 and 1/2 months since I first transplanted the Winter Melon and Kabocha seedings into the ground (see this blog entry).

Fruits started forming on the plants about 3 weeks ago. By picking the first fruits off of the plants, I encourage the plants to devote their energies to develop more leaves and more flowers, instead of developing a few super large fruits.

There are many more smaller Winter Melons hanging on the vines. These 5 Winter Melon represent the biggest fruits on the plants. The nice thing about Winter Melons this size is that the seeds have not yet formed and are edible. If I wait much longer, I will have to remove the seeds prior to cooking the Winter Melons.

The picture below shows the Winter Melon vines hanging on the trellis I made. The Winter Melon fruit hanging in the middle is the same one I blogged about 2 weeks ago.

The vines are now over 10 feet long. I expect them to reach 50+ feet by the time the season is over in about 4 months.

Ripe Strawberries!

I picked a nice bowl of Ripe Albion Strawberries today.

This is represents the first set of fruit since I started fertilizing my Albion Strawberry plants about 6 weeks ago ( see this blog entry)

There are many more Strawberries that will be ready to pick in a few days and there are lots of flowers forming.

This is a picture of my Strawberry Tower as it looked this morning.