Wednesday, May 27, 2009


It has rained pretty much the entire month of May here in Dixie and, as a result, my tomato plants have gotten wicked healthy. The one on the far left, front corner is named Steroid because he has stood branches above the others since he was a little seedling. Yes, I am geeky. I name my plants, I talk to them, I listen to them, and right before I left last week I gave them some Miracle-Gro. That means they're not organic, but that doesn't matter to me.

What matters is I returned 5 days later to this dense jungle full of little yellow blooms and already-growing tomatoes! Check out the Romas that are hiding in the depths of Sabina (yes, I named my plant after our tour guide last summer in Italy). I cannot wait to make a caprese salad with my fresh Roma and sweet basil. Hooty hoo!


jane said...

Tomatoes in the big plastic buckets look more and more attractive when I see the farm garden which has become a giant weed patch in a few days and many inches of rain.

So, what flavors/varieties did you plant? I stuck with Celebrity and Better Boys - both are good for sink sandwiches*.

*Those you stand over the sink to eat.

Robby Johnson said...

I started Better Boy hybrids from seed, then Mama sent me home Easter weekend with Amelias and Romas that my aunt started in her hothouse. The Amelias are standouts as far as plants go. Can't wait to see how they bear fruit!

I love a good sink sandwich too. My favorite way to eat fresh sliced tomatoes? Between hot cornbread and slathered in Ranch dressing. So amazing!

My precious cousin also tipped me off several years ago to dehydrating the slices with fresh pepper and eating them like potato chips. That's a fantastic preservation method as well, and one I'll be using again this year.