Beefmaster Tomato Project
5 Month Update
Beefmaster Tomato Project 5 Month Update. The plants are out of control and doing what they want. Red, ripe fresh tomatoes are everywhere.
The additional watering by hose at the base of the plant is working fine and the two tomato giants continue to grow. That's good news and bad news.
Here's a view from the top, approximately 13 feet above the ground. This project is turning out to be a sky high version of how to grow tomatoes.
Note to self and fellow tomato gardeners: Always build tomato condo structures stronger on the Sun side, especially at the top.
The top cross-member on the east side of the tomato support collapsed from the weight of the plants and the fruit.
All ripe fruit was removed but the weight of the plants required additional support for the twin Beefmaster tomato plants as they continued their push towards the sun.
The entanglement and weight of the two plants prevented replacing or repairing the top cross-member. Soft clothes line tied at various support points was used to keep the plants from snapping off.
One huge mistake in setting up this project was not monitoring crop yield. Tomatoes were large and plentiful.
Nearly every photo of tomatoes on the "How to grow" and the "Recipe" sections of this site were of tomatoes from these two Beefmaster tomato plants. The Beefmaster Tomatoes from these two tomato plants were used in most of the recipes as well. Delicious.
Weather is heating up as summer approaches. Another 2" layer of Eucalyptus mulch was added for further insulation. Base watering will be increased a minute or two to compensate for the additional mulch.
As for "Mutt and Jeff" (Iguanas) they haven't been around for a while, but neither have most of the squirrels in the area. It seems a pair of Red Tailed Hawks have been working the neighborhood.
Unfortunately, a more insidious tomato plant danger has arrived in their place, White flies. These nasty little mass producers will populate and destroy a garden in short time. By the time these little flying wrecking crews are noticed, it's usually too late.
White flies lays eggs underneath the leaves of plants and as the eggs hatch the larvae feed off the juice in the leaves. The real harm is that the plants become infected and die a slow death. If caught early enough, gardeners can eliminate them and remove damaged branches. Spraying chemicals won't be used on these plants, the alternative is to spray water up underneath the leaves to wash off the eggs and larvae. The flying adults have to dealt with as well or the cycle will be continued.
An old trick is to use good old fashioned fly-strips. The problem with the sticky strips is that they trap beneficial predator insects as well. Hopefully these methods will work
The 6 month Beefmaster Project should be interesting.
Here are links to the original Beefmaster Project and Update pages.
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Beefmaster Tomato Project and 2 Month Update
Beffmaster 3 Month Update
Beefmaster 4 Month Update
Beefmaster 6 & 7 Month Update
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