June 29th, 2009

When it Ever Stops Raining

…For more than a day, maybe that is when my tomatoes will turn from lime green to a sumptuous red. With the new apartment came a little plot of land, not quite a garden, but this is our attempt. Brian and I planted tomatoes, five plants to be exact. They range in variety from Cherokee Purple, to tiny Grape, and the aptly named, Early Girl, which were the first to fruit.

This fruit came weeks ago, and at first I was patient. (No easy task if you are me.) The blossoms withered and died, and little fetal tomatoes grew in their place, and they continued to grow. At first I was happy for all of rain, it meant little watering had to be done. But then it rained, and it rained some more, and if you weren’t wet enough– here, have some rain. The soil became saturated, and my darling Early Girls remained staunchly green.

We had our first dry weekend here in Connecticut in weeks. I’m hoping that it did my tomato plants some good. I begged them each day to soak up the rays all that they could– drink in the sun! I’m ready, getting more ready every day to eat you, I told my plants. When I planted these tomatoes I imagined having a bumper crop, tomatoes coming out my ears, but now we’ll see. If you would like, think sunny thoughts about these beauties. And to anyone who is an avid gardener out there, I have one plant that has yellowing leaves, what does this mean, and how do I get rid of it? Suggestions are always welcome!

5 Responses to “When it Ever Stops Raining”


    It might be a lack of nutrients, like nitrogen. Margaret Roach, from awaytogarden.com recommends this site for problem solving:http://plantdiagnostics.umd.edu/level2.cfm?categoryID=64
    She also has an excellent q & a on her site as a resource. Good luck with your tomatoes!

    Oh, and I just wanted to tell you that I really enjoy your blog!

  1. --Elaine

  2. I know this is a bit late for this year, but I just found your blog after reading your wonderful book(which I have recommended to all my foodie friends).

    If you are impatient to wait for the tomatoes to ripen, just do what we have done in the South for years: Fried green tomatoes.

    Slice the green tomatoes into 1/4 inch rounds. Dredge in buttermilk(regular whole milk also works)with one egg whisked into the milk. Then dredge in a mixture of half cornmeal, half flour and place on wax paper and set in fridge for half hour. Take out and redredge in flour mixture to dry up any wet spots, then fry in pan of hot oil, turning once(you gotta watch them closely). For extra flavor, fry a piece of bacon in the oil beforehand.
    I serve them dotted with goat cheese or pimento cheese and a dash of hot sauce. YUM!


  3. --Anonymous

  4. I forgot to add that you should place fried tomatoes on a paper towel to absorb excess oil before plating. Thanks!


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  8. Oh, Brad that recipe sounds delectable! My mouth just watered all over my keyboard (will drool short out a netbook?)

  9. --Sparkina

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