Pretty little clustersPretty little clusters
"Tomatoes!!!" (Legit reaction, BTW. The camera just happened to be there at the right time.)
"What is this?"
May tomatoes! These are a cherry variety.May tomatoes! These are a cherry variety.
  • Pretty little clusters
  • May tomatoes! These are a cherry variety.

There’s been so much coming out of and going into the garden in the last few weeks (mostly coming out of it) that it’s hard to even know where to begin.

Maybe with one of the most significant events: tomatoes. Tomatoes in May.

It’s no big news that we hardly had a winter this past year, and that March in particular was unusually warm. When the temps were in the 80s in March, we took a risk and set out our tomato plants. I was anxious about it (as usual), but Charlie convinced me to do it. We had a frost plan and equipment in place, so we took a calculated risk.

Two months later, it’s paid off. We found our first tomatoes forming on May 17. These photos are from that day. They were cherry tomatoes, and since we’ve also noticed our Amish paste canning tomatoes have put on fruit. Big fruit.

In the past couple years we’ve gotten out tomatoes out late. Either the seedlings weren’t ready to set out, or the bed wasn’t ready or something else was in the way. This year we were ready way ahead of time, so we were able to take advantage of the unusually warm weather.

My guess is we’re at least two months ahead of schedule compared to past years. I hope this is true, because our tomatoes often come on heavily in August and September, which is way too late in my opinion.

Overall the plants look really good. They’re already taller than I am (!!). We do have some sort of leaf spot going on, and I’m kicking myself now for not sterilizing the cages. But overall the fruit look perfect and I just hope that the plants can out run whatever is causing the spot.

One Response to “Tomatoes in May”

  1. Chocho
    1 March 2016 at 4:09 am #

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