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The First Tomato

August 18th, 2007 at 07:05 pm

We harvested the first tomato and had it on a salad for dinner this evening.
Is there anything that tastes as different fresh than its' counterpart from a grocery store??

What is it exactly? Most likely the time from picking to plate. Let's see......about 5 minutes here! With lettuce & cucumbers from the garden, topped with this almost sun warmed tomato.....and drizzled with homemade blue cheese dressing. A taste treat for sure.

Watered the flower/veggie beds even tho there are reports of rain. (I don't believe them!) Watering is important even if it is raining; as the summer rains often aren't enough to get to the roots of the plants.

Have a kettle of fresh applesauce simmering on the stove too......from the tree at the edge of the patio. Applesauce always signals fall to me; although I haven't noticed other signs of the season changing.

Gave all the container gardens a shot of fish fertilizer....hoping for another month of flowers; especially from the begonias.

Used the new hedge trimmer again, but now I've got a different problem. No where to put the trimmings. Our yard waste container is full (with 2 piles in waiting too) and pick up isn't until Wed. Can't believe we only get pick up for this 2X a month.

I've decided this waste bit is one of my biggest difficulties in getting used to city gardening. Where to put it all?? On the positive side, I'm really enjoying having a finite space to work with. Having acreage for a yard, I never knew where & when to quit. This way, I've got some pretty definate limits as to where I can garden!

6 Responses to “The First Tomato”

  1. shiela Says:

    Ohh, you are making my mouth water with those tomatoes!

  2. baselle Says:

    No chipper and a spare corner to put yard waste? that's what we're doing.

  3. contrary1 Says:

    baselle: Moms neighborhood has a no compost sort of rule. Someone called the health dept & complained about their compost pile a few years ago, since then she hasn't been able to have one. Their pile here was very tidy, no animal proteins, just yard wastes; but the inspector came out and met with mom (probably scared her to death!) & he suggested she not do this any longer.
    I have a chipper here, but I'm pretty sure it wouldn't start for me (pull start). So, I'm dealing with the 2X a month pick up for now.
    I do take a van load of burning sorts of trimmings to the old place every other week, which helps.

  4. PauletteGoddard Says:

    Thanks for reminding me, I picked up two tomatoes today from our vine. Haven't yet rinsed them off and eaten them yet.

  5. Ima saver Says:

    My husband has been eating his fresh tomatoes every day. It is the only thing he bothers to grow since I won't eat vegetables.

  6. Frayed Buckeye Card Says:

    Since mid July, I have been feeding the squirrels, that is they rob my plants. I've even seen tomatoes up in a crooks of a tree. My solution is to pick when the fruit just starts to turn. I've calculated squirrels-2, me-1.
    Yard waste in this community is $2.00 per designated bag on a day different from trash time. I refuse to pay for removal of waste which will disintegrate, so I cart it to mw brothers,no charge. Restricted city life has it's moments.

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