Microclimate Early Spring Tomatoes

In a simple short description … my Crazy Tomato Wall … yes, this is an update of my post (put up exactly 4 weeks ago) about tomato seeds sowed outdoors in winter by a south-facing concrete wall.

It works! The combination of Vermi-Composting & Bokashi, right by a heavy feeding, fruit-producing plant, does work. See the white lid of the bokashi worm bin below.

The Tomato Wall

The Tomato Wall with a buried Bokashi/Worm Bin

That 1 little red spot in the photo above stands out, doesn’t it? I see it, the birds & insects see it too, but the fruits here are preciously guarded. The birds can have some of my cherry tomatoes, those I’ll share. :mrgreen: With what I call the Protection Bags, the tomatoes on the plant are more noticeable from a distance.  Moving closer, it can be seen that there are bunches of pretty large tomatoes, each, individually bagged.

Fruits in Bag

Fruits in Bag

So here it is …

Almost ready for harvest.

Almost ready for harvest.

The 1st heirloom tomato from that plant which I am leaving to naturally sun-ripen to its fullest. Then it’s devouring and more importantly seed saving time!

Update: 1 day after the above post, it just felt right for some action to be taken.

10 ozs

10 ozs

Not all tomatoes are created equal, I guess.

Not all tomatoes are created equal, I guess.

 

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7 responses to “Microclimate Early Spring Tomatoes

  1. Wow! Look at the fruits of your labour! I’m not a tomato person, sizes aside but looking at how brightly coloured and juicy it looks, it makes me want to eat it!

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  2. Love the little baggies. I will remember that for next spring here.

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  3. Don’t squirrels and vermin (rats) just chew through the baggies to get to the tomatoes?

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    • Not so far *touch wood*. From personal observation & experience, I’ve found squirrels’ food searches start with their visual assessment ~ from trees, powerlines & rooftops ~ then they get closer & attack. When camouflaged, they tend to ignore, perhaps not very appetizing or food-like. After losing lots of passionfruit, I decided to try “covering” with yoghurt cups. They ran over the trellis, looked up at them from the ground & still left them alone. Go figure! https://temasekgarden.com/2014/09/02/passionfruit/
      As for rats/mice, I’ve only seen 1 in the backyard & it was my fault as I did not close my bokashi bin top tightly. It died & got a burial. I leave a few cherry tomatoes un-bagged some distance away. I share those with birds & other ‘neighbors’.

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