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. Now Suzie and Charley follow in his footsteps. We're located near Boston (USDA zone 6A). I have a community plot, a backyard vegetable garden, fruit trees, berry bushes, chickens, and bees. I use sustainable organic methods and do my best to grow all of my family's vegetables myself.

Saturday, May 01, 2010

tomato buds on May 1

tomato flower buds!

I checked inside my Wall-O-Water today and my ultra early Beaver Lodge tomato has buds. On May 1! Amazing. The standard timing is 30 days from flower of fruit so I still have a while to wait, but so far so good. I'd really like to beat my previous record of July 31.

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Blogger Robin said...

Ahhh.....fresh tomatoes early! I also used water cloches this year for the first time. Some of my plants also have buds and they look wonderful! Can't wait!

May 02, 2010 7:04 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

My personal best is July 2nd. I always try to shoot for before July 4th as a guideline.

This requires several key things: seeding in February/March, Greenhouse, and 2 gallon pots. Transplanting to soil occurs in Mid to Late May weather depending.

May 02, 2010 8:07 AM

Blogger Kelly said...

How exciting!! I just put my seedlings in the ground yesterday under row cover, I hope the night temps hold steady these next few weeks.

You will have tomatoes before you know it!!

May 02, 2010 9:32 AM

Anonymous Teresa/safira said...

Very exciting. Good luck!

I tend to be distrustful of the weather, having moved to Mass. from zone 4, but I put my first tomatoes out today.

May 02, 2010 2:39 PM

Blogger MAYBELLINE said...

Wow. That's tremendous. I do not have any blooms yet on the seeds I planted March 1.

May 02, 2010 5:20 PM

Blogger Liz said...

How exciting! This is my first year gardening and I can't wait to get my tomatoes in the ground. Looks like you're off to a wonderful start. Your photos of your garden are gorgeous!


May 02, 2010 8:48 PM

Blogger kathy said...

This is a new "ultra early" tomato variety called Beaver Lodge, from Territorial. I hope it tastes good. I think its a Roma type. No sign of buds yet on other varieties I am growing.

May 02, 2010 9:22 PM

Anonymous Debbie said...

I'm thinking this maybe a way to also save seeds from this plant if no insects can get in. Just reach it and give the plant a little shake (when it is time to pollinate, then mark the fruit when it sets, so you know which one to keep seeds from. Do you think it would work Kathy?

May 03, 2010 4:58 PM

Blogger kathy said...

Debbie, The top is a bit open, so I think it would be better to use a different method, like bagging the flower and fruit. I've never tried saving tomato seeds.

May 03, 2010 5:38 PM

Blogger Leslie said...

You go GIRL !!! I am predicting July 20 for a ripe red tomato.

May 04, 2010 7:18 PM

Blogger pjkobulnicky said...

Kathy, et al, ... my guess is that this is a hybrid and NOT an open pollinated variety so you probably cannot save seed to get the same variety next year.

May 06, 2010 2:10 PM


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