Greetings from my garden where I just picked and ate my first tomato of the season. I decided this event was a good reason to post for Dear Friend and Gardener, Dee’s virtual garden club for those of us who grow our own vegetables.
I also decided the first tomato of the season was a good reason to recreate one of my classic tomato pictures, which I posted way back in 2008 in a post titled “Ritual of the First Tomato“.
I enjoyed writing that particular post, making fun of myself and other gardeners for the big fuss we make when we harvest our first tomato of the season.
So here’s my “big fuss” picture of my first tomato this year.
It is a Beefsteak variety, I think. I’ll have to double check the tags tomorrow. It isn’t, or shall I say, wasn’t, very big. I already ate it. It was six nice bites and of course I let some of the juice drip down my chin and onto my shirt. That’s the proper way to show you really love a tomato.
Do you know what else is special about this tomato? No, not that it looks good on a satin and lace pillow, though it does look good on a satin and lace pillow, doesn’t it?
What’s special about this tomato is it is the earliest ripe tomato I’ve ever picked from my garden since I started keeping records. I need to check those records to see how much earlier it is, but I would guess it is about two weeks earlier.
I’m not sure what I did different to get it to ripen earlier. I bought the same small size plants I always buy and I planted them in mid-May, like I always do. It’s a puzzler.
I have no other tomatoes close to turning red, so it will be a while before I’m harvesting tomatoes faster than I can eat them. I look forward to those days!
Elsewhere in the vegetable garden, the green beans are forming and there isn’t a bug on those plants. I should also have squash and cucumbers to start picking soon and my sweet corn is tasseling.
We’ve had quite a bit of rain so far this growing season so the peppers are sulking and look terrible. They would prefer it be a little drier, I think. Oh well, we don’t always get the ideal growing conditions for everything. I hope the peppers will start to grow better in the weeks to come.
I also hope your gardens are doing well and you are starting to reap the rewards of growing vegetables.
P.S. – I am also starting to pick red and golden raspberries, just a few here and there for breakfast. They are delicious!