First Tomatoes of the Season

Try to ignore the weeds and half-dead hosta behind my Al Kuffa tomato plant. Zero in instead on the trio of ripe red tomatoes. They were the first of the season, and they were delicious.

I’ve since harvested a few more tomatoes from the same plant which is thriving in a large pot. The other two tomato plants are in my little garden wedges on either side of the driveway. Today I picked the first ripe tomato from the smallest plant. The third plant  is the largest, loaded with the most fruit, but none of it is ripe yet because is doesn’t get quite as much sun as the others do.

I don’t have photos to prove it, but my jalapeno plant has tons of little peppers, and yesterday I spotted the first tiny cucumbers on my potted cucumber vine. I swear they weren’t there the day before.

The only plant I’m concerned with is my red pepper plant. It’s got a strong stem and beautiful leaves, but I’ve yet to see a single blossom. Anyone know what might be wrong with it?

How are your crops doing?


About Paula Hendrickson

I'm a full-time freelance writer with an addiction to yarn, cooking and all kinds of crafty things. I come from a long line of creative and entrepreneurial types on both sides of the family, making creativity almost like competitive pursuit.

Posted on July 23, 2012, in food, gardening, summer and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. Totally envious of your tomatoes! Ours look like eraser heads and I guarantee you the minute they turn red, they’ll get black spots. They always do. I don’t know why we bother.

    • Paula Hendrickson

      Last year I had one Bloody Butcher plant and one cherry tomato plant and both were late bloomers – in November they were still loaded with green tomatoes. I made green tomato salsa!

      They only thing I do – other than water them – is try to plant them in slightly different spots each year. (This summer a “volunteer” plant came up where the cherry tomatoes were. Too late for it to produce any tomatoes, I’m sure, but it’s cute.)

  2. So spectacular!!! First Fruits of your season. We have some volunteer tomatoes and since our grasshopper attack, the collards are doing well. None of the green beans survived the attack of the nymphs.

    • Paula Hendrickson

      Sounds like your garden’s been a buggy battle ground this summer!

      The heat probably got to the green beans, too!

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