Finally, a ripe tomato! It’s been a long wait. This has been a bad tomato year for me. First, none of my Roma or Early Girl starts survived. Then my cherry tomato plant got some sort of bugs and almost died. I cured that with a soapy water and garlic spray, but it’s taken awhile for the plant to recover. it still has only a handful of green tomatoes.
Then, there was also the hornworm incident. The nasty creature that ate my only semi ripe tomato.
I’ve ended up with 3 heirloom tomato plants. I like heirloom tomatoes but I really only needed one plant. They’re not a very good canning tomato. Their funny shapes make removing the skin difficult if not impossible and their low acid levels also make them a poor choice for safety reasons.
My neighbor, graciously, perhaps out of pity, gave me a bowl full of tomatoes in trade from some raspberries...I do have lots of raspberries...
The lesson here is better planning for next year. I need to start my tomatoes plants indoors, early enough so that if they don’t come up, I can replant.
Next year, I’m also going to train the plants on a trellis. I watched a video on Kenny Points website: veggiegardeningtips.com. It’s genius. Forget those tomato cages, they never seem to be able to keep those crazy overgrown tomato plants up off the grown. Check it out.
Oh look, a few more ripe tomatoes...