Saturday, April 26, 2008

Tomato lover...

I am a tomato lover.
Next to Strawberries, I think Tomatoes are my next favorite fruit.

I know a good tomato from one of those un-ripened pink tomatoes that they sell in the store. You know the ones, I'm talking about, the ones that are only good in salad (Because you'll cover them up with a dressing.)

I took matters into my own hands -- so to speak...


Last Saturday, we went to a local herb fair and I found a man selling tomato sets. I bought three and planted them when it wasn't raining. I needed to make them container plants, because the soil in our yard is mostly clay.

I've planted a beefsteak, cherry and a yellow sweet. I'm hoping that my watching my grandfather with his tomatoes will help me remember how to take care of mine.

I'm waiting -- but just barely.
I keep wanting to go out to check on them each day.
I need to get cages for them before they grow too big to cage -- and, well, e.i.e.i.o. I'm going to watch my tomatoes grow!

14 comments:

A&EMom said...

I haven't been able to see a single crop through harvest on Webkinz, but we've got lot's of watermelon! Apparently this is a less fussy crop.

Our Peculiar Life said...

WOOHOO! Great job Amelia! I am calling you when I plant mine. You can give me some of that g'father's wisdom!

call*me*kate said...

I like homegrown tomatoes myself, being spoiled by my Dad's garden fresh tomatoes. I grew up in Southern California where tomatoes like to grow. Here in OR, well, I know of NO ONE who has had any luck growing them. We've lived here 16+ years and have made numerous attempts. Last year, we container gardened 3 pots of tomato plants and, yes, get that cage on quickly! The fruit tends to rot before they ripen. I'm unsure if I want to try again. I wish you great success with your tomatoes!

Thanks for your comment at my HSB blog. Interesting thought: If I was more like my mom, I probably wouldn't be me. And some days, I don't want to be me so that would be o.k! But no, I need to be me so I'll live with that.

Enjoy your week!
Kate

Monkey Giggles said...

I can not wait to get mine in the ground. I wait until May 30 to plant. So do you pinch the suckers off or do you leave them?

Tracy said...

THIS is what I need to do! I LOVE tomatoes from the garden but we have weird soil too. I want some. I love tomatoe sandwiches. YUM.

Becky said...

How fun! We are watching tomatoes here too. I just got my little garden plot planted over the weekend. I love a fresh tomato!

Randi said...

Tomatoes are the best! We eat them all summer long from the garden and then I freeze them for sauces in the winter.

Not-So-Classic Husband said...

You and Scarlett would get along famously. Ever since she was little, she would rather eat tomatoes than cookies.

Classic MaMa said...

By the by, I tagged you for a meme. :)

The Gang's All Here! said...

I was just telling The Boss this weekend that I'd like to do some container gardening with tomatoes on our deck this year. We have too many critters in our yard to sustain a real garden with any variety, but I think we could make tomatoes work on the deck. I love tomato and mayo sandwiches in the summer. MMMMM!

TobyBo said...

I love tomatoes, too... Devastatingly Handsome calls the winter ones (he won't eat them) "red styrofoam."

Sandy said...

Thank you for visiting my site! We just put in an order for our tomatoes (starters) from a friend ... can't wait to roast them!
Hope you WIN :)

KarenW said...

I love homegrown tomatoes! My grandmother still grows them and they're delicious. Enjoy.

Halfmoon Girl said...

You watched your grandfather, I watched my grandmother. I only plant them out of nostalgia- no one else but me eats them 'round here, so this year I may not do it. It is really hard to grow them here without them getting hit with blight, so usually I am only successful with cherry tomatoes-"sweet one hundreds".