Well, here we are: the last week of August and still not a single ripe tomato. Not even a sorta, kinda pink one.
Last week I started to wonder if I had inadvertently planted a whole garden of late varieties, but after a quick check of the days to maturity for each variety and a little math, I was reassured that I should have at least a few ripe tomatoes by now.
I suspect the weather has a lot to do with with my abundance of green tomatoes. The tomato plants have been setting fruit well and blight issues have been nearly non-existent, but we just haven’t had much in the way of heat this summer to push the tomatoes (and peppers) to ripen. We’ve had a few days here and there, but overall this summer has been pretty dang comfortable as far as temperature and dew point go. Great for keeping the windows open and the AC off, not so much for turning green tomatoes red, orange, yellow, and purple.
And now with September just around the corner, it’s hard not to entertain thoughts about the possibility of a light frost before I even have a chance to harvest enough tomatoes for a batch of salsa. I’m keeping my fingers crossed for a warmer and later than average fall–or at least enough tomatoes and peppers to have a proper Salsa Week this year!
And so the wait continues! This year, more than ever, that first ripe tomato of the season will be sooo worth it.
In the meantime, I’m grateful that I selected quite a few bi-color tomatoes this year to keep things interesting until the green tomatoes start to turn! From top to bottom in the post: Green Zebra, Striped Roman, and Old German.
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