I've decided to stop the hand pollination of the tomatoes. The goal was to get some fruit before July fourth. There is a chance that might happen, especially with sungold. It has fruits that are nearly full size. If it matures quickly after that, mission accomplished!
There are so many baby tomatoes on these plants now, they don't need my help. I'm hoping that if I take a break for a bit, maybe there will be a lull in the yield and I won't be swamped with a zillion fruit all at once. Of course there is still plenty of time for things to go belly up. For one thing, I need more time to tie them up. Tomorrow I have to go get some ten foot stakes. The eight footers are not going to cut it for some of these. Matina will reach the top of that by the end of the week and has also started growing over the top of the yuck bush. Even the leftover plants I put in the wilds (area most likely to be ignored) are taking off. I wish I could get the same thing going on with my peppers and beans. Bean aren't growing hardly at all and the peppers are being eaten by some pest.
Shown here, the balcony tomatoes. Progress since June 3 has been significant.