It rained a few times this week and I had a lot of family visiting, so I ignored the garden for a couple of days. When I finally dragged myself out there to inspect things, I was OH SO PLEASANTLY SURPRISED. Here, virtually walk with me through my garden, friends.
First up, we have the first Cherokee Purple tomato of the season! Now, I have HIGH HIGH hopes for these suckers, so I was really pleased to see a tomato FINALLY happening on one of these plants. I might have yelped a bit when I spied it.
And then I was very happy to see a second Cherokee Purple on the same plant, with a handful more starting to form. Excellent.
This makes FOUR of the six varieties that are producing actual tomatoes so far. (Amish Paste, Cherokee Purple, Yellow Pear, and Black Krim all have infant tomatoes. Mr Stripey and Brandywine have none, but they're the BIG tomatoes so maybe they just take longer?) (Although, one of the Brandywine plants IS still recovering from the mauling our resident Very Hungry Caterpillar gave him, so I'm not really harboring negative feelings towards him for not yet producing. He has an excuse.)
I think part of the change in tomato status is it hasn't been as hot lately. We haven't hit 95 in two weeks and I think that probably helped with the blossom drop immensely. We're slated to run up to almost 100-degrees by Sunday though, so I'm curious to see if tomato production drops off again.
I also have several clusters of Yellow Pears on two plants. Easily 20+ of these little guys on each plant.
And, two biggish Amish Paste tomatoes with several other tiny ones starting out.
We even have what appear to be the spiky beginning of some cucumbers! So, you know, food! In a garden! That I'm growing! This is kind of cool!
At this point I am about 126 days removed from sticking seeds in the plastic tray. Remember this? All the way back in February? Back when it was cold enough to wear pants and Newt Gingrich was still a candidate? Yes, this was a long time ago.
The plants have been in the ground for about 63 days (9 weeks). Most of my seed packets say it'll be 85 days after transplanting until harvest, so that would put me at eating a home-grown caprese salad the week after Fourth of July, which is only a few weeks away. (!!!!!) When I put it that way it doesn't make me feel as badly about all of the already-harvested tomatoes I'm seeing on Facebook. I'm still on schedule. I've planted indeterminate varieties, which should produce consistently all summer until the frost kills the plants, rather than determinates, which produce all of their tomatoes at once (but early) and then stop.
I will be verrrrry satisfied and possibly a little bit smug if I'm still getting tomatoes in September, is what I'm saying.