Archive | September, 2011

Tiny Tims Tomatoes vining and unruly

23 Sep
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Handful of Tiny Tim tomatoes - various sizes

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Tiny Tims getting very long!

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Tiny Tim Tomato would do well in hanging basket

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Still alive! Barely

These are still producing tomatoes although I did notice they are ripening at a smaller size. They used to be regular cherry tomato size but now some of them are as small as peas!

And they make a great hanging plant but my neighbors might not appreciated them taking over the benches…

One of the pots on by my apartment door was knocked over and he really doesn’t look too healthy but still producing tomatoes.

Definitely worth growing these… Maybe next year I will stagger the planting a bit more as I got a large harvest early in the season. I have three pots of Tiny Tims. Each pot is about 7-8 inches across and has 3-6 plants in it and they all seem to be doing well. I have one stray tiny Tim plant cohabiting with a 5 gallon pot of artichoke and that one isn’t any bigger or heavier producing. So it appears it does about the same where ever it is planted. Go plant some! Now I am curious as to how they’re going to so over a San Diego ‘winter’.

Sour Blackberries.

23 Sep

These berries are so plum and big. Makes me happy seeing them but not so happy eating them! They’re so sour!

I actually worked out they taste so much better then they’re super ripe and juicy. But harder to pick as they collapse in your fingers and juice gets everywhere. But must resist picking early even when it looks dark black and dull as some websites suggested… I wait even longer until they’re squishy. Then they’re edible with out making me cringe at the sourness!

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Fresh black satin thornless blackberries

 

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Ripe black satin thornless blackberries

 

Microcitrus australasica flowers opened. Aka Fingerlime

14 Sep
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Sad Looking finger lime tree

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Finger lime flower!

Finally the little flower buds opened today. The flowers are tiny and white on the inside, pinkish on the outside.
Mine has five petals…. I was researching to see what I need to do to get these little flowers to produce fruit and it appears I need to add Epsom salt and water lots.

I also found out that some finger limes have three petals only…. And since mine has five petals, that it’s actually a Microcitrus australasica sanguinea – the red-fleshed fingerlime! Even more exciting as I did not know this when I bought the plant.

Here is the page with the fingerlime flower info http://www.saalfelds.freeserve.co.uk/microcitrusaustralasica.htm

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