2017 Tomato Harvest Data

2017 was my second year with tomatoes. You can see last years data here.

Totals for 2017 May 6th through Sept 14th
Total weight: 127.75lbs (57,948grams)
Total count: 808 Tomatoes
Average lbs/day: 127.75/131 = .975
Average count/day: 6.17

Graph of quantity by tomato variety. 

This year we started with 11 plants purchased at TomatoMania! and two plants given to us by our neighbors. Our first harvest was almost a month earlier than last year starting on May 6th with our Carmello plant that survived over the winter. However the harvest was almost the exact same weight as 2016 despite another plant and longer period. This year we grew some sauce/canning varieties which we did not do in 2016. 

The Gardeners Delight and Forth of July both died early to mid July. I think this was a combination of lack of water and blight from the Carmello that made it through the winter which had succumb to blight by mid May. This year all the plants will be removed for fall/winter planting to help avoid this diseases for next year.

Additional charts and graphs from my garden and two other gardens in LA can be found here

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2016 Tomato Harvest Data

2016 was my first real year with tomatoes. I've had a few here and there before, but 2016 I set off with a more serious venture. I started with 12 plants purchased at TomatoMania! on March 19th, 2016 and then went into the raised beds shortly after that.

Our first harvest was on June 2nd, 2016 and I stopped recording data on Sept 14th, 2016. At that point I pulled all the plants that didn't have any flowers or tomatoes. This left 2 behind, a Camp Joy and a Carmello. These have been producing continually through out the winter, while not as good as the summer, still nice to have home grown tomatoes all year long.

Each time we harvested any fruit, we'd count the number per plant and the weight. All this data was logged. Below is the data from this years harvest.

Totals for 2016 June 2 through Sept 14th
Total weight: 126.79lbs (57,515grams)
Total count: 1967 Tomatoes
Average lbs/day: 126.79/105 = 1.21
Average count/day: 18.73
Camp Joy quantity: 548
Camp Joy weight: 24lbs
SuperSweet 100 quantity: 638
SuperSweet 100 weight: 9.03lbs
Blue Boar quantity: 397
Blue Boar weight: 5.59lbs
Berkeley Tie Dye: quantity: 22
Berkeley Tie Dye: weight: 7.09lbs
Pork Chop quantity: 46
Pork Chop weight: 13.08lbs
Brad's Black Heart quantity: 27
Brad's Black Heart weight: 11.89lbs
Carmello quantity: 84
Carmello weight: 20.92lbs
Black Brown Boar quantity: 76
Black Brown Boar weight: 5.97lbs
Paul Robeson-Russian quantity: 29
Paul Robeson-Russian weight: 6.66lbs
Pink Ox Heart quantity: 68
Pink Ox Heart weight: 10.56lbs
Purple Cherokee quantity: 20
Purple Cherokee weight: 5.12lbs
Kellogg's Breakfast quantity: 12
Kellogg's Breakfast weight: 6.57lbs

Front Garden

Beginning of 2016 I started my first raised bed gardens, mostly for delicious tomatoes. The front yard was the only spot with enough sun. So off I went to TomatoMania! event at Tapia Brothers in Encino. They had hundreds of varieties of tomatoes to choose from. I ended up walking home with 12 different tomatoes varities.

After I had the tomatoes I needed a place to put them. So I dug out and built some raised beds in the front yard. Attaching them to the water barrel in the back. (addLINK)

and then the tomatoes went in. They ended up little crowded because I got a little excited buying and got more than I really had room for. This turn out to not be a major issue, just had to be more diligent about pruning and shaping the plants. After much research, I decided to grow all the tomatoes up a string on the trellis. This would allow them space to grow up and they were all inditterminate varities, so they needed room to grow.

4/14/2016

4/14/2016

6/7/2017

6/7/2017

Grow they did. By June, they are already up to the top of the trellis and they produced mountains of tomatoes(addLINK). I pulled most of that tomatoes in late fall when they stopped producing. However, I left two in that were still kicking out some tomatoes. They've been keeping us stocked with mostly better than average tasting tomatoes all the way through Feb.

2/12/2017

2/12/2017

2/12/2017

2/12/2017

Yard Salad

When I built my raised beds last year, I put a few lettuces between the tomatoes. Hoping  the shade from the tomatoes would help protect it during the hot summer sun. One plant survived, but didn't do too well. It grew tall and went to seed pretty quick. I ate what I could off of it and let it be.. Come winter this year, some funny looking grass started sprouting up in the middle of the yard. It turned it wasn't grass at all, but the children of the lettuce. The wind must have blown the seed into the yard, where it took up shop under a nice cover of dead grass.

12/17/2016

12/17/2016

It has turned out to be quite the little lettuce patch. Providing all the lettuce we've needed since about the end of December. 

1/27/2017

1/27/2017

While it may not look at organized as grass, I'd much rather use my water for plants I can make a meal out of, and its doing better than all the lettuce I planted in the raised beds. Sometimes it pays to just let the plants do their own thing.

2/12/2017

2/12/2017