We’re having a bumper crop of tomatoes in the desert again this summer, here at the Sweet Tomato Test Garden. I mean to say I have been picking, picking, picking . . . all summer.
But, this summer I stopped fiddling with trying to improve my growing method, fiddling with it hasn’t shown me any improvement in either the size of the harvest, or the size of the tomatoes. But, I did test some new organic fertilizer on some of the plants . . . no changes there, neither good or bad changes.
The red picture on the wall is an article about tomatoes that was in a California gardening magazine, it includes a photo of me with my tomatoes. My friend, Gustavo Mattiello, saw it and framed it as a gift earlier this year. Love the tomato red color in the story . . . love the gesture, love the friend. But, the real subjects of this photo are the tomatoes I brought in from the garden one day about mid-July.
We’re still picking them at the end of August. This is a picture of a camera-shy neighbor who stopped by to pick some for dinner. Since I don’t cage or stake tomatoes they can be hard to find in the heap of leaves and I appreciate another pair of eyes helping to find them. The tomato clusters are heavy and sometimes a branch will snap while trying to uncover them, or worse, I’ll step on a plant.
I’ll have to go out and pick some more again today or the birds will get them. The tomatoes in this cluster will weigh from 12 to 14 ounces each and if you were my neighbor I would give you some. This has been another good tomato growing summer in the hot Mojave Desert and I’ll still have tomatoes to pick through fall. I’m such a lucky girl.