After a cold, wet spring that slammed abruptly into a hot, hot summer without the usual tempering one would expect from a kinder and more benevolent Mother Nature, tomato season is finally here.
The bite-sized tomatoes appeared first, Spoonful and Sun Sugar and Sweet 1000. The Spoonfuls are mighty cute and appear in abundance, but the skin is a bit thick and when tasted along side some of the other tiny toms, they just can’t compete in the flavor department. Still, they might make a return to the garden next year simply because they are so darn cute.
(No) thanks to the late, wet spring, blight is rearing its ugly head in the patch so I’ve been removing diseased leaves and stems with the hope of slowing down the curse until I manage to harvest at least a few pommes d’amour. We grow mostly heirloom varieties which leaves us vulnerable to whatever tomato plague that comes down the pike.
If you’re in the same boat (or ‘mater patch) we are, make sure the diseased plant parts are removed from the garden and not chucked into your compost pile, as the nastiness can make its way back to your soil the next time you add a layer of compost.
And so let the tomato binging begin! We’ll gauge whether or not we can grow sick of eating tomatoes by the time the garden sputters out. So far the answer has always been a resounding NO!
Oh, and my absolute favorite thing to make with a tomato straight from the garden? This!
How’s your tomato patch growing this year? And what is your favorite variety?