This is a journal of my vegetable gardens. Skippy was my first dog and he thought the garden was his, even though I did all the work. But Skippy always stood by me and was a great friend. Now Suzie and Charley follow in his footsteps and garden with me. We're located near Boston (USDA zone 6A). I have a community plot, a backyard vegetable garden, fruit trees and berry bushes, chickens and bees. I use sustainable organic methods and do my best to grow all of my family's vegetables myself.

Saturday, September 06, 2008

ripe red tomatoes

giant belgium tomato
Giant Belgium tomatoes

tomango tomato
Tomango tomatoes

oxheart red tomato big beef tomato
Oxheart Red and Big Beef tomatoes

tomatoes in a bowl garden tomato plants

The tomatoes in my home garden are just now starting to ripen fast. They look beautiful. Not many, so I'll focus on quality.

I am pleased to see them because the tomatoes in my community plot were early and died fast. I have pulled the vines already. My husband suggested planting tomatoes in both locations. Not my idea. But was good to have two plantings this year.

My favorite tomato is Giant Belgium. Certainly not a giant in my garden, but I love the pinkish color and the flattened and sometimes twisty shape of this heirloom. Also very pretty is Tomango, meant for stuffing. I hope to try making baked-stuffed tomatoes soon. Oxheart Red is a very big, deep red, heart shaped heirloom tomato. Big Beef is a basic hybrid - always nice.

Since my harvest is small this year I am buying tomatoes too. I bought the enormous San Marzano's in the basket above. They were grown at Allandale Farm, the only working farm left in Boston. Really beautiful tomatoes! Growing fruits like these will be a goal for me for next year. The few San Marzano's I grew this year were about 1 inch long :(

tomatoes (Solanum lycopersicum)

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