Growing Tomatoes

Pam and I have been growing several tomato plants we picked up at Tomato Mania 2014 at Cal Poly. We have been eating the bounty of our tomato harvests for the past month.

Freshly harvested tomatoes on the counter.

Freshly harvested tomatoes on the counter.

We have a Tiny Tim right by our front door. it was the first plant to produce good fruit, and it is still going strong. It’s a mightly little cherry tomato plant.

Tiny Tim.

Tiny Tim.

Our oddball tomato is called Green Sausage. It produces green, oblong fruit. We have been using it as a fried tomato, often paired with onions. I like it, but it is not great raw.

Green Sausage.

Green Sausage.

In late August the star of the garden was Sugar Lump, an indeterminate cherry tomato. It has small and sweet fruit. Right now this plant is almost gone, the cool nights in Arroyo Grande do not agree with it. Despite its current decline, it produced more than its fair share of fruit for us.

Sugar Lump.

Sugar Lump.

The September star in the garden is Artisan Purple Bumblebee. This large cherry tomato produces a massive amount of fruit with interesting striping patterns. We have been eating them raw and sauteed. The plant is still alive, and I expect it to be producing for a few more weeks.

Artisan Purple Bumblebee.

Artisan Purple Bumblebee.

The only full-sized tomato we are growing is Murray Smith. This Cal Poly special is a great plant for the Central Coast. We’re starting to get some fruit in mid-September. I expect another month at least for this plant.

Murray Smith.

Murray Smith.

It’s fun to grow your own food. Being near the coast can make growing tomatoes tough, but we had a respectable crop this year.

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