Originally Posted by Wisher1000
You know, I forget that y'all are so far away. I have had tomatoes in the ground for three weeks and have blooms and pea sized tomatoes, already. I wonder if the fruit from your areas tastes differently from mine. We all know the difference between store-bought (pink mealy mush) and homegrown (firm, tomatoey deliciousness) but is there a difference in geographical location? I would like to try some of yours and to share some of mine. Anyone willing to consider a "Tomato Swap?" Hey, we already know how to pack them to ship!
I planted some in August last year. The plants did well and I had a bunch of late fruit. The tomatoes never got too big (in the South, we pride ourselves on big tomatoes, one slice should cover the bread for a tomato sandwich) but that didn't bother me. What I found interesting, was that they didn't taste as good. They were closer to store bought than homegrown and I wondered if the cooler temps were the reason. We have hot weather into October, (sometimes November!) but it cools off at night starting in September. Hummmmmmm........
My husband didn't eat tomatoes, said he didn't like them. When we moved to this place in '01, I planted Brandywine tomatoes. He saw one on the counter.
DH: What is wrong with that tomato?
Me: What do you mean?
DH: It's wrinkled and pinkish....not smooth and that orangey-red color.
Me: Oh, that's a Pink Brandywine....you should try it.
DH: I don't like tomatoes.
Me: Just take one bite. You've never had a good homegrown tomato...that's why you don't like them.
DH: Okay, make it a really small piece.................that doesn't taste anything like I remember them.....
Me: That's because all you've ever had are the "picked green so they ship good and look pretty in the store" tomatoes!!
He is now a convert.........loves tomatoes!
His favorite is the gold Sun Sugar cherry tomatoes that he can bring in his lunch and pop in his mouth. Because of our shorter growing season, some of the larger types are hard to grow. We finished a hoop house covered in clear plastic that will be serving as a "season extender" for us this year.
And on the hatching front...........still only the one early bird out.........but there are two more eggs that are pipped....that I can see.....maybe others that are turned the wrong way. The old cabinet was not designed for watching!!!