Sunday, August 30, 2009



It’s time to say, “Farewell,” to the tomatoes.  They’ve been in the garden since March and have produces pounds of fruit.  Sadly, I didn’t record anything.  This season is a season set aside for learning and one thing I learned is to try to keep a garden journal.  Many quarts of salsa and tomatoes have been canned to enjoy in the winter (or maybe tomorrow).

Three types of tomatoes were grown:  Ace, Early Boy, and Better Boy.  Ace was my favorite even though there were problems with blossom end rot.  At the end of the season, there are only small, poor quality tomatoes being produced.  It’s time to rip out the plants that have become home to many insects and toads and prepare the spot for fall/winter crops (cauliflower, cabbage, broccoli).

There is a great deal of satisfaction knowing that I can grow and preserve tomatoes.  There is enormous satisfaction knowing that I grew the perfect tomato.


There is even satisfaction knowing that I grew the weirdest tomatoe(s).


You be the judge.


Siren said...

that is definitely the perfect tomato. I am worshiping that tomato. In fact you should submit that photograph to a magazine and I'm not kidding. The background is superb.

I'm considering winter plantings as well. I'd like to have broccoli too. I'm pretty tired of failing at gardening, but how much worse can it get?? at least at this point I know which parts of my garden grow stuff and which parts don't :)


Thanks for the comments. I'm so amazed that the "perfect tomato" was straight out of the camera.

Continue your persuit. Gardening is much more than just growing plants.

Rowena said...

Arghhh...ripping the plants out have been something that I've been procrastinating on. I mean, I was just out there for a look and there are still little tomatoes on them, darn it!

But you are right, and I shouldn't be such a softie. By the end of the week it'll be the end of them.

Lisa Paul said...

In think I've got at least a month of tomatoes left in Sonoma. How weird how different our seasons are. My organic heirloom tomatoes came up suspiciously round, perfect and blemish-free. Hmmm.


Try saving the seeds. It's a gross process but if they're heirlooms you'll have them for quite some time.

Lisa Paul said...

I'm not sure I'm trusting an heirloom that's suspiciously perfect. I'm not a seed-saver. I'm not that experienced a gardener. And I think I like the serendipity of buying different types every year and seeing what comes up.


Lisa - Funny, I'm listening to Wayne Hancock sing "Little Lisa" when your comment came up. I'm not that dedicated to collect seeds yet. We're doing good to make it through the heat. Sheezam! Come on October.

Chiot's Run said...

I love the top one with the ladybug, lovely! I'm sad to see the tomatoes gone!