Tuesday, 19 July 2011

First tomato of 2011!

Tonight I picked the first tomato out of the garden. The colour of a ripe Pineapple tomato is a bit more orange than traditional tomato red. I am going to wait until tomorrow to slice into it--it's just barely ripe now, by tomorrow evening it should be perfect.

I almost left it in the garden until tomorrow. But then I thought about how the raccoons have been using the raspberry bushes (laden with almost ripe raspberries one day) as a dance floor (no more ripe raspberries). How they seem to be having food fights with the baby peppers. And even (eww) how, in recent nights, they've been DRINKING the plastic container of soapy water and drowned japanese beetles I keep handy near my rosebushes. 

And I picked my almost perfectly ripe tomato. It's safely on the kitchen windowsill until tomorrow.


mister anchovy said...


Louise Armstrong said...

I too just picked my first tomato. I'm not sure what kind it was although it looks a lot like yours. It's my first ever foray into vegetable growing so you can imagine my excitement. Your summer garden looks absolutely lovely. Most of the plants I put in last year are thriving (shasta daisies, blanket flower, purple coneflower, daylilies) but the clematis has yielded only one flower after three years. I know some people say they're easy but I've tried everything and it hates me. It's not earning its keep and I'm thinking of turfing it. Some relationships just aren't meant to be right?

Jennifer Arnott said...

Louise, just noticed your comment now (a little late!) Congratulations on your first tomato (I'm sure you've had many more since!) Some plants aren't worth their keep for sure, although it's hard for me to turf them. Sometimes moving a plant helps; it might be happier elsewhere. Of course, you might be happier if that place is in the compost and you have something more cooperative where it used to be!