Friday, October 29, 2010

Last Tomatoes

 These will probably be the last tomatoes we get from our garden this year. While all the other plants gave up in the intense heat and drought of September, the little yellow pear tomato plants continued to brave the elements and set fruit.


Larry picked these yesterday, and they are just perfect--sweet and tart, cold from the cool night temperatures and best of all--bite-sized. I want to hoard them and eat just one a day to make them last but I know they won't keep that long.


There is always next year to look forward to, I suppose. Insert big sigh here. Without a doubt, these tasty little tomatoes are one of my top five varieties-in no particular order, the others are Brandywine, Amish Paste, Hillbilly, and German Pinks. All heritage varieties, actually.

This is, I suppose the official good-bye to summer. In two months the new seed catalogs will arrive and we will plan, once again, the perfect garden in our minds, with neat rows, careful stakes, mulch, trellises, and not a weed to be seen. I have yet to actually see that garden but in my mind it is a thing of beauty and each year there is the possibility that it may become reality, this time.

Hope springs eternal in the gardener's breast, does it not?

10 comments:

Country Whispers said...

I can't believe your are still getting anything from the garden, especially tomatoes. Ours has been history for a good while now.
Wouldn't that dream garden be nice? NO WEEDS!

Mama-Bug said...

Those are beautiful little tomatoes; bet they are so good. My last crop of potatoes are up and doing well. Will probably get to dig them sometime in Dec. if we don't get a freeze.

TheresaandJay said...

Jay keeps reminding me that every day that passes is one more closer to Spring! :) Your reminder of seed catalogs coming out in a couple of months makes the winter disappear!

Granny Sue said...

Doesn't it though! I can't wait to get the greenhouse going again. And next year I'll be retired and have something so precious--time! I want to get some lettuce going really early. We planted a multiplier onion bed this week--well, Larry did. I got the sets from a guy online. I used to have them and they're great--no need to buy sets with these, they produce their own. I am so ready to get back into gardening like I used to do.

Granny Sue said...

Doesn't it though! I can't wait to get the greenhouse going again. And next year I'll be retired and have something so precious--time! I want to get some lettuce going really early. We planted a multiplier onion bed this week--well, Larry did. I got the sets from a guy online. I used to have them and they're great--no need to buy sets with these, they produce their own. I am so ready to get back into gardening like I used to do.

Angela said...

You are so lucky Granny Sue! Tomatoes in October! I think ours died in July.... I know what you mean by the perfect gardens that we plan in our minds. Ours never ever has came even close to that! lol

Happy Halloween!
Angela

Brighid said...

They look so yummy. My cherry tomatoes were sooo late this year, but are bearing like crazy, now! Chard is doing well as are the carrots and a few of the bell peppers. I need to get them all pulled out so I can get the winter stuff in before it's too cold.

Granny Sue said...

We still had some peppers too, Brighid, although I think they might have got frozen last night. And radishes, turnips, a little celery.There were a couple squash plants hanging on too, we got a few squash from them last week, but I expect they're gone this morning too. Wish we had your chard and carrots! Are you going to bring your cherry tomato plants inside? I've tried that without much luck before.

Nance said...

We have had an exceptional fall garden in southern Iowa. Today, 10/31, I picked the last of the protected cherry tomatoes and pulled the vines. They were frost hit last night. We still have green onions and red and icycle radishes. I have old windows propped around the volunteer cucumber vines. Wish me luck with those! and the green peppers! I have more old windows teepee'd around the 3-1/2' foot pepper plants. We have had a bumper crop of sweet peppers and I don't want to give them up!

Twisted Fencepost said...

Yes, it does.
The last two years have not had high yield in my garden. But I cannot have high hopes each winter as I plan each garden.

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