Thursday, July 17, 2008

First-ever homegrown tomato!


It’s small but a pretty Little Porter. I know it seems nerdy, but I’m still really excited that I managed to coax my first-ever tomato plant into producing a real tomato, especially considering our now 29th day of triple-digit temperatures! We’ll eat it tomorrow. I’ve also got Juliets, which are supposed to be rather small and oblong, and they’re still a little whitish-green but almost ready to eat.

8 comments:

I likE plants! said...

Yay for you! It always tastes better when you grow it yourself. Good growing!!!

Iris said...

Thanks! It DID taste good, even though it was just one bite. I can't believe there are still more new little ones on the vine when it's been so hot. Thanks for the encouragement!

chey said...

Congrats! It's great to have a photo of your first home grown!

Bob said...

Congrats on your tomato. Start looking for places to plant more next year as you will. Tomato growing is a sickness you know.

Iris said...

You're right, Bob! I've already figured out where to move them because they barely got enough sun, which, strangely, is probably what helped them this year with the early and continued high temps and low rain.

Lancashire rose said...

Don't forget you can still look forward to a fall crop. I see that Natural gardener has in new tomatoes for planting now.

egregious said...

Congrats!!!

I am surprised that this is your first tomato, given your enthusiasm for gardening.

I have grown *hundreds* of tomatoes in Austin -- mostly "fall" tomatoes. I can not honestly say; however that I have ever grown a tomato that had a pleasant taste.

Yours DID taste good?? If you figure out the flavor secret, please let me know.

Beware of tomato-stealing critters! Make your own "pepper" spray with home-grown Habaneros (e.g.) That should do it. If it doesn't, chicken wire should.

Iris said...

Thanks! While I am an enthusiastic gardener, I'm still very new at vegetable gardening, having concentrated so much time and effort on converting our front lawn into a xeriscaped garden.

It DID taste good! And tomorrow some of the Juliet variety (a small, oblong variety) will be ready to eat. I pick them the minute the tiniest bit of pink starts to show to save them from the stealing critters. And apparently our dog isn't interested in the small green tomatoes.

I don't know the flavor secret. I fed them some of John Dromgoole's Ladybug (organic) fertilizer a couple of times when the plants were fairly small...