Monday, August 11, 2008

Seeing Red!

The tomatoes are taking over! Grown from 6 inch little baby plants-- these two tomato plants are now taller than me. It must be the warm Ohio days... fertile soil? I have never seen anything like this! (Granted, these are my first tomato plants-- my first vegetable plants at all.) I am continually impressed by these beauties. They grew tall fast, but took their time producing buds, then took their time producing fruit, and then I never ever thought they were going to turn red. I almost thought they were a fluke and that somehow, instead of buying regular tomato plants, I had bought Green Tomatoes... only good for pickling and frying. But this week-- finally! finally! A little gold has started to grow.

I feel like a proud a mother. Three good sized fruits started to turn, and one looked so good and ready that I couldn't help myself and plucked it down. Unfortunately, and this is the lesson that I learned this evening: looking ready and being ready are not necessarily the same thing! The sweet little tomato was ruby red on the bottom but golden yellow on top! Oh well. It looks beautiful in my kitchen window.

Now that "summer" is finally here, i.e. my tomatoes are coming to fruition, the weather is starting to turn ever so slightly towards fall. I think it is fair to say that my first growing season in Ohio has been very educational. Next year I will start earlier, start indoors, and plant more variety! I can't wait!

(I also can't wait to eat some tomatoes -- the whole point of me growing my own! I am dreaming of tomato, mozzarella, and basil salads... fresh salsa.. tomato soup! Yum!)