Tomatoes are here

I picked the first ripe tomatoes of the season last week.  Only the tiny grape tomatoes and a few Park’s Whoppers are ripe so far, but the Orange Jubilees, Beefmasters, and Celebrities aren’t too far behind.  No rain means I’ve been watering faithfully, but no rain also means a high percentage of fruit set (as the bees & other pollinators have more flying time during non-rainy weather).

A patch of early blight cropped up, but it doesn’t seem to be spreading, thankfully.

I’m eating those grape tomatoes smeared with a bit of herbed chevre.  At some point, I’ll be sick of the little buggers, but right now, they’re still a treat.

4 thoughts on “Tomatoes are here

  1. Hi, Celeste. Love your blog and read often. Sorry about the blight problem. Hope it doesn’t spread. A friend of mine planted 500 tomato plants (he sells them). Blight wiped out his entire garden. My uncle (who has been gardening since he was a kid) said that once a garden has blight, don’t plant in it again because the blight will come back every year. I don’t know how long not to plant in that spot again, but I can ask him if you don’t already know.

    Happy Easter!

    • I’ve heard that about blight, but the sunny spot in my backyard is quite limited. So I’m stuck with managing blight, as I can’t move the garden. A few anti-fungals will control it, but the best course is to plant blight-resistant varieties. The Park’s Whopper and Beefmaster tomatoes seem most impacted by the blight.

  2. My problem was that the backyard got no early morning sun. As a result, the dew stayed on tomatoes longer and this always led to diseases of one kind or the other. I always used to say my back-yard raised tomatoes only cost me $10/lb.

    I would really love to be able to raise some heirloom tomatoes. I do have someone in Luling who sells beautiful and flavorful tomatoes for $1/lb but it’s not the same as going out the back door and picking some.

    The guy in Montz told me he will have some May 6 at the Farmers Market. I look forward to the time when tomatoes are ripe like no other in the year.

    • It is hard to grow tomatoes without adequate sun. I know exactly what you mean about “going out the back door”–I did exactly that this morning. It’s a beautiful thing.

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