Thursday, 28 August 2008

The Ceremonial Tomato

A few days ago we had the ceremony of the first tomato. I lost all my tomato plants to blight last year, so it was a relief to have our first fruit no matter how small. However, it looks like our tomato season will be a short one, as blight has ripped through half of my plants this week. Fingers crossed I got to the rest of them in time with a last ditch spraying of Bordeaux mixture.

I know lots of you will have had lots of tomatoes already, but I only grow them outdoors. Therefore my season starts later anyway and this year's cool summer hasn't helped either. This little beauty was harvested pre-spraying and was delicious.

12 comments:

  1. Mmm! You can't beat the taste of them straight off the vine. Only ones I've had that way this year I pinched out of HG's greenhouse!

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  2. Did you share it with NAH ?

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  3. Way back when, when I had sunlight in my garden, I planted "Sweet 100's" every year. The (then very young) kids and I would keep an eagle eye out for the first ripe tiny tomato and share it.

    Thanks for reminding me. I hope you will have many more delicious tomatoes to follow.

    /krys

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  4. The first ripe tomato here has the ceremony of being eaten by me before the monkeys can find it. I don't even take it inside. Great knife picture.

    Deb.

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  5. By coincidence I am about to harvest the one Sungold that has ripened so far - they were doing so well too until the August drear started. I'm another outdoor grower. After last years poor performance I'm beginning to wonder if it is worth it.

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  6. Ah, bless it. It's only the memory of the bounty of two years ago that keeps me going.

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  7. I just don't know what to say. I feel so guilty. I live on the Coast and we can have tomatos from April to Oct...But there are things you can grow that I can't so it equals out. I love asparagus and long for a rhubarb bed..and peaches, and apples...so many things I wish I could grow..

    Enjoy your pretty little tomato and may you have many more. : )

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  8. Congratulations on that yummy tomato! I have had lots of fresh tomatoes this year; in fact, they started ripening at the end of July, much earlier than usual for me. But, like you, blight has hit my plants, and I'm afraid I won't have too many more.
    I hope you caught your plants in time and will be able to enjoy more tomatoes.

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  9. It looks good. Good color, good shape, and nicely displayed. Hopefully, there are a few more in your future!

    Carol, May Dreams Gardens

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  10. RPF - the way my plants are going, Ithink I'm going to have to go scrumping too!

    Anna - I sure did. Hence the knife :)

    kd - welcome! They sound a fab crop to have

    Deb - I don't usually either Deb. But the complete loss of our crop last year just made things that bit bit more special

    AS - having had a few tomatoes, I still think they're worth it. Shop bought don't even come close

    TS - know what you mean. I suspect we'll have to wait for next year's crop

    Eve - I was about to feel very jealous until you said all the things you long for. I guess we all should appreciate what have just that little bit more

    Rose - it's about 50:50. Some have survived, but some are succumbing :(

    Carol - welcome! Knowing you're such a tomato aficionado I value your judgement!

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  11. I grow Garden Pearl cherry tomatoes and have a good crop every year, with lots of ripe fruits and no blight. It is so demoralising when things go wrong, I had no runner beans this year, the plants just didn't grow, a first for me? x

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  12. TIMP - I tried Garden Pearl, but found them disappointing compared with Gardeners' Delight. Still getting a few tomatoes :)

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