Every year for as long as I can remember I stick two tomato plants in warm, well lit spot with terrible soil.
Every year the cherry tomato plants do well. They are sweet and plentiful.
Every year the larger tomatoes do not turn red. Maybe one.
The others sit on the vine as it starts to cool down and then freeze.
I am always so sad and disappointed so I go and purchase home grown tomatoes at local farm stands. There is just nothing better than a home grown tomato.... other than fresh strawberries.
This year I bought my plants at our local grocery store. I thought I was buying a cherry and a German striped. Why not? But as has happened numerous times before...this pop-up garden center at the grocery store got their signs mixed up. The cherry tomatoes are quite acidy and not sweet at all. There is no joy in picking one and popping it into my mouth. Kind of icky.
BUT the German striped tomatoes are not German striped tomatoes.
Who knows what they are...a small regular tomato as far as I can tell.
BUT. They have been turning red for weeks. I am getting red tomatoes this year.
Our summer has been very cool yet they are ripening and they are very good.
So I was wondering about it out loud to my husband who does not care about tomatoes. At all.
"Isn't it strange that this cool summer the tomatoes are ripening? They never have before."
And Patrick said, "It's because I have been watering them."
"Yes, it's been dry as dust out there."
Patrick, who really has no interest in the pets or the plants apparently
takes a great interest in their hydration.
Way to go Patrick. I think the water might have made a difference.
I thank you.
My liver sausage sandwich thanks you.