Well, let’s just say I’ve tried my hand at tomato-growing off and on since about 1997 but this may be the first year I can finally call myself a Real Tomato Grower. Persistence? Don’t ask! Stubbornness? Certainly. Slow on the uptake? Not out of the question.
To be fair, it’s not like I tried consistently in the intervening (gulp!) decade and a half. When we lived in California, I once took a stab at container tomatoes and between this, that and the other dumb thing, not one fruit emerged. It probably didn’t help that I took little notice of watering (in L.A.! it’s a desert!) or fertilizing or planting in containers of sufficient depth.
Skip ahead fifteen years and 3,000 miles east to a new home, a greater appreciation for the vagaries of plant maintenance and whoops! I did it again. Killed off a bunch of baby tomato plants faster than you can spell B-r-i-t-n-e-y.
Last year I finally decided to get serious about the science of Solanum lycopersicum L. I mean, millions of home gardeners successfully raise bountiful crops of pasta toppers every season, so really, how tough could it be?
Let me count the ways. No, wait. It’s too dreary. Let’s talk about this year instead:
Not sure whether I finally got the knack or maybe alien tomato experts took over my body but this summer we got so many love apples I even gave some away.
And, as you know, giving your produce away is the true hallmark of veggie gardening success–like with zucchini or something.
As if I could grow zucchini.
Copyright 2014, Lori Fontanes
As the poet says, “Only 2 things that money can’t buy and that’s True Love and Homegrown Tomatoes!” 😉
Love that poetry! Thx for sharing!!! 🙂
Oh yummy! I ❤ tomatoes of ANY kind. Licks piggy lips! XOXO – Bacon
Good eating & good 4 ya! (& not bad on a pizza, mind…) 😉
well down – they look moresome
I’m so happy for you. I confess that for a moment I thought you’d stolen my crown – as goddess of domestic ineptitude — but you came though again, and learned how to grow tomatoes!
Thanks!!! We’ll see whether I can keep it up next year! 🙂
Congratulations on your bountiful harvest!
If bountiful means “out of control”–yup! 🙂 Thanks!!!
Congratulations on your bountiful tomato harvest. They look fabulous. I hope you and your lucky recipients enjoy them 🙂
My husband says the cherry tomatoes are the best but I like the grape tomatoes roasted with dried thyme, sea salt and olive oil. 🙂
Thanks for sharing, and love your vibrant pic! I, too, have problems growing tomatoes–but still I try every year…even when we only get a smattering, it’s worth it! Enjoy your harvest 🙂
Thanks! Happy rest of summer!
You are the tomato queen! I have decide that locally this is the year of “tasteless ” tomatoes. Many people near by are complaing that our tomatoes are just “okay”. The weather can never hinder the great black cherry tomato! It is the Great tomato!
Yup, cherry tomatoes always popular around here, too! Thanks for the kind words!!!
Congratulations! They look wonderful 🙂
Thanks! They still are, too!!! 🙂
Today I picked a yellow tomato off of our yellow-tomato tomato plant. Didn’t take a picture of it before we ate it though. It was almost as big as a golf ball. 😀
I didn’t know tomatoes were love apples! How fun!! 😀
I know, right? 🙂
Seems to be a great year for tomatoes here too. Ours are amazing and so productive. We’re giving away lots of them to great joy amongst the neighbors… 🙂
Spread the veggie wealth!!! 🙂