I have this love of starting seeds and I’m a sucker for buying plants. Thus, this year, I ended up with 30 tomato plants. The early girl and sweet 100’s finished up last month. The heirlooms I purchased from Love Apple Farms and nurtured them along. I would wrap them up when the weather got below 40. Goodness, I think I wrapped them up at night when it would get below 50. I sweet talked them. I added in worm casings and a JS Stone organic fertilizer when I planted them. And they rewarded me by being prolific. Very prolific. At one point, I was picking ten tomatoes off of them per day and begging my friends to take some.
The romas I started at the same time as the sweet 100 and early girl. They took longer to produce and ripen. In fact, they’re ripening in stages. I picked a huge harvest off and brought it over to a local restaurant (and they were very grateful). I picked a second harvest intending upon making salsa since I also have my onions and jalapenos. Unfortunately, I’ve been so busy. But the tomatoes are still looking great. I might roast these Romas and then can them.
I started some Burpee seeds and some Renee’s Garden seeds, and they’ve been very interesting to watch. Some turned out amazingly well, and others are just OK. I didn’t put enough calcium into the soil before planting some, and ended up with a lot of blossom end rot. Which is disappointing.
What is really amazing me are the tomato plants that sprouted out of my compost pile. I wonder how far along they will get before the nights turn chilly again. Still, they look beautiful, and it’s been fun watching them.