Better Late Than Never: My First Tomato of the Season

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As I may have mentioned in an earlier blog post, I got a late start on my garden this year. Spring was late, with snowfall still occurring in late April here, then the rains set in. I had planned on planting my seedlings in late May, but I then became very ill due to complications from a flare of Crohn’s disease. I ended up developing septicemia after the inflammation caused a small perforation, and internal abscess to develop. I had to have emergency surgery to drain it at the end of June and was in the hospital for a week.

I planted my tomato and pepper seedlings, along with a few squash and cucumber plants, and cabbage a few days after the 4th of July holiday. Our neighbor, Jeff, who is a self-appointed expert in all things, told me I was just wasting my time, that there wasn’t enough season left for the plants to grow and develop. As usual, I ignored him and put my seedlings in the ground, anyway.

About two weeks later I planted 3 rows of onions, which we’ve been treating as young scallions, slicing, and eating them.  They make the perfect topping for beans, burritos, nachos, salads, soups, baked potatoes and a host of other dishes. I’ve harvested several banana and cayenne peppers since then as well.

This is a picture of the first tomato to ripen on the vine this year. He’s small but beautifully shaped. I think I am going to dice him and use him tomorrow is my Tex-Mex Breakfast Casserole recipe.

So far, I have plenty of blooms on my cucumber and squash plants, but no actual fruit. It continues to rain, and I haven’t seen many bees this year, so I may need to hand pollinate them over the next few days. I plan on sharing the recipe for my casserole, along with plenty of photos, and some tips on how to pollinate cucumbers when Nature fails to. If any of these topics interest you, check back next week for more details.

 

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