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It’s the most wonderful time of the (gardening) year
Well that is a bit of an exaggeration perhaps, because there are so many lovely times, but among the many gardening scenes that satisfy me, few are better than harvesting a bounty of tomatoes. It hasn’t been a bad year for them and the cherry tomatoes are still going strong but the big ‘uns are on their last legs – well the plants are. The fruits do not wait for me to pick them either and if you do not pick them at their peak the fruit flies move in and you end up with a nasty, wet mess and the smell of vinegar in the greenhouse. So I went through the plants and pulled up those that had few more fruits to ripen so I can sow some salads for winter in the gaps. This allowed me to fill boxes with beautiful fruits. Never mind the taste – I am happy just to gaze at them.
This is the third and last picking from ‘Britain’s Breakfast’. This is a superb cooking tom with thin skins and a dense flesh. Each broad truss has more than 50 fruits even when all the flowers do not set. I restricted most of the six plants to two trusses and found that if I let another grow there were not many more fruits – but 100 from each plant is fine!
A box of orange toms including ‘Janet’s Jacinthe Jewel’ (not a winner for taste), ‘Nature’s Riddle’ (very beautiful) and the frankly weird ‘Reisetomate’
A box of darker toms including big ‘Vintage Wine’, small, stripey ‘Black Vernisage’ and ‘Black Russian’
Another box of mixed toms showing some of the variety you can grow
While other varieties are giving up, ‘Sungold’ is the tomato that just keeps on giving
I'm Leah, a freelance Photographer born and raised in Macon, GA, USA. I spent 8 years in the wild west and this is my photo journal on life, love, and the spirit of Wyoming. Welcome to Uprooted Magnolia.