It’s time to check in with our gardening experiment. While I’ve happily gardened elsewhere, I’ve found this semi-arid climate incompatible with my natural horticultural style. However, with my daughter’s enabling enthusiasm, we are trying again.
Here are the three tomato plants, as of today:
They have managed to grow quite a bit since June 27, and for comparison there’s the first set of photos from June 2. In particular, the Cherokee Purple (closest pot) has finally shot up to be nearly as tall as its neighbors (buddies?).
We’ve been nibbling from the Sun Sugar plant since not long after we took its protective cover off, although we haven’t gotten more than a half-dozen ripe fruits in a single day. The plant itself seems to be reaching toward the sky. That link says that although it can be happy in a container, it sometimes likes to grow to 6 or 7 feet (about 2 m), and based on its behavior on our deck that’s easy to believe.
The Husky Red’s working on producing clusters of fruits that we’ll need to pluck out quickly as they ripen in order to make room for the adjacent orbs. That’s our first near-harvest tomato on the plant:
And we’ve gotten past flower stage with the Cherokee Purple as well:
Over the weekend, we had a couple of 100-degree days back to back that left plants and people a bit less perky than usual (that’s about 38 degrees C).
The basils didn’t seem to mind much as much as the rest of us. The regular basils are whomping right along; the Thai basil (almost hiding on the right) is less enthusiastic in general.
I’m looking forward to that glowing Husky Red up there. I think we’ll just slice it and eat it plain, like we’ve been doing for the little orange guys. Later in the season I expect we’ll start putting tomatoes into salads and sandwiches. But not the first ones.