Homegrown Tomatoes

“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.

 

Ripe Tomatoes (redu)

 

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.

 

Patio Tomatoes (redu)

 

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.

 

Husky Cherry Red Tomatoes (redu)

 

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.

 

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12 Comments

  1. Grace said,

    June 7, 2009 at 7:47 pm

    Jan~~ Your tomatoes look mouthwatering. At least the ripe ones. The green ones look extremely promising. Up here in the Pacific Northwest, the tomato plants, or at least my plants, are maybe a foot tall. It will be at least two months before they’re red. Temps have been high here so lettuce is history for me too. So what do I do? Eat strawberries and raspberries, of course. That is if the stupid birds don’t eat them first. 🙂 Happy gardening, Grace

    • Jan said,

      June 8, 2009 at 7:20 am

      Oh, Grace, your raspberries sound delicious. I know my hubby wishes we could grow them here. I am surprised that you can’t grow lettuce right now. I am starting to wonder who is growing the lettuce I see in the grocery stores.

  2. Racquel said,

    June 7, 2009 at 10:07 pm

    Wow, I can’t wait till I have some tomatoes to pick. I have blooms still. 😦

    • Jan said,

      June 8, 2009 at 7:22 am

      Racquel, I hope it isn’t too long before you harvest tomatoes like we do now. Ours will slow down though sooner than yours will.

  3. ryublade said,

    June 7, 2009 at 10:35 pm

    There’s nothing like a nice, juicy homegrown tomato, is there? I’m still waiting for mine to ripen. My parents have been enjoying theirs for a month now. I was a bit late in planting mine down, also. I should be able to enjoy some in about two weeks hopefully. Happy tomato – eating!

    • Jan said,

      June 8, 2009 at 7:23 am

      Your are so right about the goodness of a homegrown tomato. The ones in the stores are, unfortunately, picked too soon. A good, ripe tomato just tastes like summer.

  4. andré said,

    June 7, 2009 at 11:56 pm

    It’s so nice to pick your own sunwarm tomatoes! Ours are still green and as few as they are tiny, but the smell of the plants is great. 🙂

    • Jan said,

      June 8, 2009 at 7:25 am

      I am sure it won’t be too long, Andre, before yours ripens, too. It is amazing how many people grow tomatoes at home. I think that must be the most popular vegetable to grow.

  5. Chandramouli said,

    June 8, 2009 at 1:47 am

    Wow! Those tomatoes look yummy and sure shows how caring your hubby is towards them. Why wasn’t I born in your neighborhood! 😀

    • Jan said,

      June 8, 2009 at 7:27 am

      Chandramouli, I wish I could send you some of our tomatoes, but I don’t think they would survive the long trip :). Have you ever tried growing tomatoes?

  6. Randy said,

    June 8, 2009 at 8:58 am

    Jan!
    You are making me crave a delicious tomato sandwich!

    • Jan said,

      June 9, 2009 at 9:55 am

      Randy, you need to try and grow some tomatoes, you have enough sun. Tomato sandwiches are delish.


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