|Part of a the crop from LAST year.|
Do we have a tomato death wish? Are we envisioning paying for the Young'uns college education through tomato sales? Have we been tipped off to some worldwide tomato shortage by the International Tomato Advisory Council?
No. Actually, not a bad idea....hmmmm. And no.
We just really like tomatoes and things made from tomatoes. We like them raw - I even eat them like apples. (In fact, I cannot wait for to eat them raw. I haven't bought a fresh tomato at the store since last summer.) We like salsa and tomato sauce and ratatouille and tomato soup and "sundried" tomatoes and the list goes on.
We also like making the above items with tomatoes we've grown ourselves. Homemade and home canned salsa and sauce and soup is AMAZING! Not to mention cheaper than the swanky comparable stuff in stores and, well, I know everything that goes into it. I like that, too.
Last year, our tomatoes did pretty poorly and we actually, I am not proud to admit, had to BUY tomatoes. It was still worth it to us, but it did sting our "farmer" pride and pockets. This year will be different!
How's that for optimism?
|One of pots with seeds that didn't make it.|
Opalka Paste Tomato
Jet Star Tomato
Gardener’s Delight Cherry Tomato
Principe Borghese Cherry Tomato
Ida Gold Tomato
Pink Brandywine Tomato
Amish Paste Tomato
|All the duds- ready for the compost pile.|
A sweet friend offered to house all our little tomato babies in her amazing greenhouse. They did great -thanks to her diligent watering and care (she'll be getting a bunch of salsa this Fall) and came back to us all ready to hit the ground.
|The final result - 70 plants and 23 bummers.|
So, for now, all is good. Come September when I am up to my neck (hopefully) in juicy red goodness and I complain a bit, feel free to remind me how excited I was in June.
Welcome to the Year of the Tomato!
|Close up. Isn't it interesting how different the leaves of each variety look?|