Our trial varieties are growing along (and setting fruit!) here on the central coast. The tomatillos are growing outstandingly well:
Loads of flowers have bloomed:
and subsequently fallen off the plants without developing. But after today's check, I believe some fruit is finally starting to set!
As far as the tomatoes go, we've now got fruit set on Early Girl, Stupice, and Sungold (F2; a regular-leaved individual). That's in addition to the first variety to set fruit - Camp Joy. The plants are about 2-3 feet high. I'm testing 3 ways of growing: stakes, cages, and interweaving between twine. The later method is how a local organic farmer grows his tomatoes, so I thought I'd give it a shot. Last year at the farm they hosted a "tomato U-pick", which was fantastic...delicious organic tomatoes for 50 cents a pound! And now...back from that tangent...here's a shot of a few of my tomato plants.
If you look closely, you'll see that I've interplanted some marigolds between the tomatoes. Marigolds have a reputation for offending aphids...that makes us best friends. (I actually tested this theory last year and aphids were not nearly as prevalent on plants that got marigolds for neighbors.)
The tomato trial data thus far:
Please click it for optimal viewing. Till next time!