We’re finally getting some of our tomatoes to ripen, but most of them are still green. We have had a lot of rain over the last couple of weeks, two weekends ago we had abt 4", and earlier this week we had about 2.5", with not a lot of sun. That’s prob why they’re not ripening like they should.
Our plants have become so tall and unwieldy, they’re folding under from the top weight. Not breaking branches, but bent over. The rain this week really exacerbated this issue as the plants are so tall and top-heavy. Plus the stakes being in soggy ground don’t lend as much stable support. I can barely walk between them now, as quite a few have grown or fallen into other plants. So, there’s not much I can do to remedy this situation, so I’m basically letting them go. Next year I’m going to have to come up with a better support system, maybe a tall wire trellis.
Anyways, today we picked a few that looked ripe and tried them out. Our Warren’s yellow cherry has been our most prolific producer, and last week we picked our first ripe ones. They’re a bit tart, not too sweet, maybe could leave them on a bit longer for that.
This evening we picked a big gnarly Wyche Yellow and a Jaune Flammé. The Wyche looked like a few fused blossoms as it was quite large, but also had some rot on it. I cut out the bad parts and the tried the rest of it, it was meaty, and had almost a mango or some other tropical flavor to it, not real tart either. So, I’ll be interested in seeing how the rest do. The JF was pretty tart, with hardly any sweet to it. There are a few red toms that are starting to get pink, so those might be ready in a couple weeks. There are some Boxcar Willie, Watermelon, and Siberian Pink starting to turn.
A few of the plants are already getting pretty bad disease, which I just assume is blight. So, I hope I can get some fruit off those before the leaves rot away. No varmit issues yet, knock on wood. Will try to post some new pics when we start to get some more ripe specimens.