Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Fall harvest ... ripe and ready

This is the tale of the tomatoes that just wouldn't die.

This Spring, it got into the 100's not long after the tomato plants went into the ground.  Much too hot at night for blooms to set.  

I tried some of that bloom set spray and I got some tomatoes, but a pretty meager crop.  A tomato here, a tomato there.  Sometimes a few tomatoes - enough for a fresh tomato salad.  But they were random.  Not very sweet, some were mealy...just not much to blog home about.

After our 40+ days of 100+ degrees, the tomato plants were crispy and crinkl-y and ugly.  For some reason, I cleaned them up, plucked off all the dead, brown leaves and tried to cheer them up for the coming Fall.

Now we've had some cool nights and some 85 degree days.  The plants are 8-10 feet tall - leggy on the bottom but lush and full of fruit on the top.  And they taste pretty good.  Not our best, but tasty.  All of a sudden, I am having cravings for turkey, cheese and tomato sandwiches -- my favorite.  And we're having slices on a plate with kosher salt, or with cottage cheese.  

It's almost like the beginning of Summer!