This year, we made it a point to plant just about as many tomatoes plants as our raised beds could hold. Not surprisingly, we reaped the benefits and then some. I suppose getting all the aged manure that we could carry back from the in-laws’ didn’t hurt
Here is what our tomatoes looked like last week – after we had pulled out about half of them, but before 30-degree nights invaded:
One week later, and they looked like wet noodles:
And, now they are all pulled out.
At any rate, we had an amazing season! Of the many different varieties we tried, the sungolds, yellow brandywines and better boys were the winners based on taste and texture. We will be sure to list all the varieties next season and which ones outperform. With that, we close out our tomato season. I’ll just have to find comfort in knowing that based on the last pickings we have another 30-40 green tomatoes ripening as I type =)
On a separate note, I have recently been checking out all the different California garden blogs and find that not many of them have tomato sections. Going forward, I will ensure that with the new tomato season to cover this topic extensively.