Monday, August 10, 2009

My First Tomato of the Season

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:  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...

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