“Homegrown Tomatoes”, a copyrighted post, was written for my WordPress blog called Always Growing by Jan in Covington, Louisiana
“It’s difficult to think anything but pleasant thoughts while eating a homegrown tomato.” Lewis Grizzard
We finally have the opportunity to have pleasant thoughts as we picked our first ripe, homegrown tomatoes today. We planted them a little later than usual. Ordinarily, tomatoes are planted in late March around here, but it was late April before we got ours in. Dear Hubby is the farmer when it comes to the tomatoes, and nobody takes better care of his crops than he does with his four bushes.
With there being only the two of us here now, we only planted four tomato bushes. We have three Patio tomato plants and one Husky Cherry Red plant. This should be enough for us and maybe a few neighbors. The Patio tomato plants are doing exceptionally well. These tomatoes are a little smaller than regular sized tomatoes, but they seem to bear longer in our heat. There are a lot of tomatoes waiting to ripen.
The cherry type tomatoes will bear fruit even longer in our heat than the Patio tomato bushes will. If they get a little shade in July and August, we have found they will still produce enough for a small salad every two days or so. But, right now the bush is covered with the tiny tomatoes waiting to ripen.
The only unfortunate thing about growing tomatoes at this time is that we can’t grow the lettuce. Lettuce here is a winter crop. It is usually planted in late January and, by May, is history, just as the tomatoes are starting.
But, we don’t need lettuce to enjoy a ripe, homegrown tomato. It just doesn’t get any better.