All the tomatoes have been picked!

With an overnight forecast of 29 degrees, I decided I’m done tending tomatoes on the vine, so I picked them all (green) this morning, and this evening I boxed them all in the playroom to ripen. Feel free to remind me to check them every two days. Sometimes I forget or just don’t want to be bothered, and then they rot, but I want each and every one to ripen and be delicious! I didn’t count them, but I probably have about 200. Most are small (golf-ball sized), but I have one box of maybe 30 or so good-sized ones, including a few of Scott’s new favorite bicolor variety, Oaxacan Jewel.

While I was working with my tomatoes so much today, I gave the whole process some thought, and I realized that out of 52 weeks in a year, I will have about six weeks off from tomato duty this winter. I plant the seeds around Valentine’s Day, and then I’m watering them daily under lights in the attic, transplanting them once, and continuing the daily watering till I plant them outside around tax day. Then I tend them daily outside, which means means mulching, daily watering, fertilizing and/or spraying as needed, and finally daily harvesting(!!!) beginning in early to mid-July. That all continues daily till frost, and then once the green ones are picked and boxed, I check them frequently inside (when I remember) until they are all either eaten, given, or discarded, usually around the first of the year.

That means that every year I am dealing with tomatoes just about daily in one way or another from February 14 till December 31! And while I really like growing tomatoes and eating tomatoes and sharing tomatoes, the daily-ness of ten and-a-half MONTHS of tomato-tending is beginning to wear on me.

I think I will consider scaling back somewhat next year.

And yes, go ahead and laugh at and with me; that’s what I had thought I was doing this year!


2 Responses to “All the tomatoes have been picked!”

  1. 1 servantofthesecretfire November 19, 2016 at 11:40 am

    I’m using two of your delicious tomatoes on my 7-Layer Dip today! Thank you. 🙂

  2. 2 Scott November 19, 2016 at 3:30 pm

    I have been a thankful benefactor of all your labor. I’m so thankful for your daily toil! I hope it has been somewhat relaxing and rewarding.

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