Happily growing plants, even late in the yearHappily growing plants, even late in the year
Purple CherokeesPurple Cherokees
Plenty of tomatoes still to comePlenty of tomatoes still to come
These guys are at the 8 foot high markThese guys are at the 8 foot high mark
Sungold cherry tomatoes ripening in mid-OctoberSungold cherry tomatoes ripening in mid-October
  • Happily growing plants, even late in the year
  • Purple Cherokees
  • Plenty of tomatoes still to come
  • These guys are at the 8 foot high mark
  • Sungold cherry tomatoes ripening in mid-October

Well, by now we’re well past the middle of October and our average October 15 first fall frost. Last year we got our first frost on October 17, and while it would be nice for things to cool down a bit so I could get serious about fall gardening (like planting garlic), I am very happy for the extended warm weather so my tomatoes can ripen.

Tomatoes. Ripening. At the end of October. Ridiculousness, I know.

They were so delayed this season I thought I would never get anything from them. At first I thought it was an issue with the amount of sun they were getting, but judging by other people’s comments about the tomato crop this season, I think I’m going to change my mind and blame it on the 30 inches of rain we got from April through July.

The good news, though, is that things finally dried out and I am still getting a bunch of tomatoes. The Romas are especially surprising since they’re determinate and should have put on and ripened all of their fruit at one time. So instead of doing my tomato preservation in July or August when I was still hoping I would get any tomatoes at all, I’m doing it now. At the end of October.

Growing your own means learning to be flexible.

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