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.
- These pages are dedicated to all things home gardening. From planning a garden to preserving the harvest, you'll find practical and creative ideas to satisfy your sense of garden adventure!
SUBSCRIBE VIA E-MAIL:
- tomatoes recipes peppers seed starting preservation Photo of the Day seasons Salsa Week rhubarb photo post garden planning Grow It Forward 12 Weeks of Garden Inspiration raspberries herbs garden projects garden plans heirloom lettuce broccoli yard projects onions seeds seed saving recipe radishes beans fall canning winter strawberries spring salsa varieties tomatillo seed garlic squash cucumber transplanting A Seed Starting Diary kale dry beans frost pollinators pumpkin planting community garden basil guest post scallions mint beneficial insects Garden Planning 101 soil spinach cucurbits beets red romaine garden photography Minnesota Locavore #garden365 photo challenge #garden365 kohlrabi Garden Photography 101 horseradish garden harvest totals asparagus Good Garden Reads sunflowers corn Year in Review vertical gardening pickling onion gardening with kids variegated tomato winter sowing squirrels organic gardening Three Sisters cabbage seed starting containers seedling care flowers potting up brassicas seed starting mix coir garden clean up zucchini fall garden jelly watermelon Holiday Gift Guide resources Opalka apples indoor gardening garden house projects garden pests giveaways Black Hungarian carrots gourds mexican sour gherkin seedlings photography Seed Starting Q + A blogging vacation pumpkins parsnips rue ground cherries zinnia lemon parsnip olive grapes tomato ground cherry rainbow chard Measuring Up herb overwintering Grow It Forwards botanical gardens shallots patty pan squash horseradish root dividing rhubarb brussels sprouts wrens San Francisco reader question compost jam cantaloupe wildlife-friendly garden bees Bees in the Garden aster reader questions alpine strawberries artichoke Linda Ly The CSA Cookbook Garden Betty book review garden quote cayenne plant markers slugs organic pest control pruning jalapeno tomatillos rosemary seasonal preparing for winter harvest starter pots sage garden organizataion garden inspiration San Marzano quinoa mulch litchi tomatoes watering amaranth tomato blight paste tomatoes Federle Red Romaine Lettuce social media garden beds snow birthday garden musings Big Mama Amish Paste Anna Russian Tomato litchi tomato peas mesclun pests organic mojito container gardening disease seed starting timeline soil blocker soil blocks peat Building Better Soil Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds oregano trellising rapsberries peanuts pepper Extending the Season seed packet John Denver love yellow pear printable