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Balcony Garden at 10 Weeks

Balcony Garden at 10 Weeks

So far, Bloody Butcher and Stupice on the far left in the black buckets, are doing the best. They have numerous tomatoes, tons of blossoms, and though none of the fruit has matured yet, there are some full sized fruits. In fact Stupice has had some full sized fruit for about a month, not sure why they’re not ripening.

Black Prince is the tallest (3rd from the left), standing about 5′ above soil level.

Next to it, SF Fog is large, super bushy, and covered in blossoms. It has the largest mass out of all of them. Some blossoms have set and there are small tomatoes growing.

Next to it, Azoychka, Carmello, Svetlana Red, Gigantesque and Ispolin are doing the same. Most of the blossoms have dropped. I believe it is due to the high winds causing stress, but in an attempt to get them stronger and keep the blossoms, I added lime to the soil a week ago. Yesterday I began supplementing the water source with phosphoric acid which should promote blossom growth. I then sprayed the plants down with Cal-Mag. Hopefully that changes things.

On the far right, the Straight 8 cucumber has so far yielded two full size cucumbers. There are a lot of small guys waiting for mature fruit to get picked so the resources can go to them. The cool weather has slowed growth down considerably, but at least it’s producing.

Balcony Garden at 7 Weeks

7 weeks
5.5 weeks

The weather has warmed up a bit and the tomatoes have started to grow more. I believe that prompted the flowers to finally open up. All the plants now have flowers that are setting.

The Stupice plant (2nd from the left) got a nice aphid infestation, it seems like only a few generations have been born so far, and they haven’t moved on to other plants that much, but that’s a matter of time. I did a test spray of a soap/water solution to see if it harms the plants, and will do a more thorough soaking if things seem okay.
Right now Stupice, SF Fog, and Bloody Butcher have tomatoes on them.

Balcony garden after 1 month

Things are starting to get larger and bushier. There are a few tomatoes, more than a few cucumbers, and lots of promising growth. So far the rain gutter gardening system is performing exceptionally. No drips, and there is water always available for the plants.

The cold & wind of San Francisco is making these plants grow super hardy, but healthy all the same. I think these plants would have been 2-3x the size if not larger if they were more traditional tomatoes in a more favorable climate.