The garden has been busy while I have been racing my tail off all over the country. Troy tended things well while I have been gone.

This just in: Early Girl Tomatoes rock! I have a tomato that is getting RED. Yes RED, like, as in edible RED!

My three tomato plants have oodles of tomatoes on them and have grown in height above their cages, despite the fact that two of them are supposedly 2 foot high patio tomatoes. Out of 14 green been seeds sowed, I have 10 successful plants happily growing up the trellis. My snap peas look too pretty to eat with their ripe pods dangling high from my balcony. The basil is happy, but the cucumber is slow to start despite much coddling. Here are some photos for your salivary pleasure.

My Early Girl

A close up of the ripening tomato

The galvanized pot garden with basil, Early Girl, 10 green bean plants, and 1 cucumber.

My two patio tomatoes, brimming with tomatoes

A close up of the bounty to come

Lastly, a great shot of my snap peas.

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  1. I would leave the flowers alone too. If the tomato plant has no flowers, it probably won’t have any tomatoes.

    You could pick all but one flower off and then you could grow the world’s largest cherry tomato. That is kind of what rose growers sometimes do, cut off all but the most promising buds so that plant devotes all its energy toward making bigger, but fewer, flowers. Probably works great for competitive growers but not so much for the home veggie gardener.

  2. Um, I don’t plan on touching the flowers, since they represent future tomatoes. No way. I see the logic there (not sure if it’s true), but there is no way I could touch those gorgeous little flowers!

  3. AWESOME!!! I am so impressed!!! So – since you are now the tomato expert, I’m wondering if I should be picking the little “flowers” off my cherry tomato plant. I thought I remembered the lady at the nursery saying that I should do that so the plant directs energy to growing tomatoes, not growing flowers, but my mom wasn’t sure that was the right move. Thoughts? My snap peas are growing well, twirling themselves around their cage (SO cool!!!) but no fruits yet. Yours are so adorable!! Look at your green thumb!!

  4. They should totally make a mozzarella tree with balsamic sap. In todays world of genetic engineering, I’m sure that’s possible. I’m pretty happy with the garden thus far!

  5. Your veggies look awesome!! I have about 4 tomato nubbins on my sun gold plant. They are so tiny they don’t even qualify as baby tomatoes, but one of them is getting close. Lots of blossoms give me hope for a great summer of snacking… pick a tomato, pick a basil leaf, wrap tomato in said basil leaf, enjoy. If only mozzarella grew on trees that had basalmic vinegar for sap…

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