I harvested the last of my tomatoes for this season.
August 11, 2016 1:38pm CST
There are of course a few green tomatoes on the vines but the heat has taken it's toll on these three 6 foot tall organics. I had to take them off while still yellow-orange. They will ripen in a few days in the house, setting in a bowl on top of our dining room table with a little bit of sunlight through a shaded window. I was expecting a better crop for this season but then the temperature setting right at 99 degrees at 1:29 PM Central Time, in Dallas, Texas, there really isn't much sense in continuing to hope for much more. I managed to get over 2 dozen tomatoes from the three plants since I put them in the ground back in April. There is something to be said for planting under shade. I find the transplanted blackberry doing fairly well as long as I water it almost daily, as it is underneath the shade of a huge pin oak tree, that stands about 60 feet high and it's branches span the roof of our house half way and the neighbor's driveway and half of our back yard. The direct sun gleans on the tomatoes and the rest of the black berries. So Next year I will try planting blue berries in pots and set them on our front porch and not let them get into direct heat. I heard a guy planted several of his blueberry plants under the shade of a crepe myrtle tree. If you want to see what a crepe myrtle looks like you will enjoy the following article from the Southern Living website below:
• Paradise, California
11 Aug 16
We have one pink and one white crepe myrtle trees in our front yard. They are so pretty! The bees sure love them, too. I might grow tomatoes next year. Most people do them in pots because of the red clay soil here. Our neighbor grows the cherry tomatoes, and she's brought us plenty. So good!