This is the time – My Heirlooms Part 6

August 16, 2009Katie


This is that time.

That time when you know all your mothering, your care,  your watering and weeding is going to pay off.


This is the time when you begin scouring for recipes with tomato in them.


Did I mention previously that all the markers I put on these tomatoes blew away in the Oklahoma crazy winds?


I have no idea what all of these varieties will end up looking like.  When they are fully ripe, some will be red, some yellow, some white , some purple, and one will even be green zebra-striped.


I think this one is going to be the Yellow Pear.


But the rest of the 12 varieties I’ve planted?


It’s going to be a guessing game.  I have to figure out when they’re ripe just by squeezing them I think. I mean, how do you know if a fully-ripe green tomato is ripe?


Here is another recap of the progression.

Planting seeds.



Seedlings coming up after a week or so.  And the markers that blew away later


Transplanting outside in the bed Mr. Wonderful made me.



Mr. Wonderful staking with PVC pipe.


And today….





This is one GIANT plant.


Now I have to go. I have to brush up on learning how to can tomatoes.

Because I have no idea how my family is going to consume this many.



  • Fran J

    August 17, 2009 at 10:29 am

    think spaggetti, brusceta (sp), salsa, broiled, soup, rissoto, raw, marinated, etc., they will probably look great on a plate with all the different colors.
    1. dishinanddishes

      August 17, 2009 at 10:31 am

      And I'll have lots to give you too! I can't wait for them to ripen!
  • Amanda

    August 17, 2009 at 10:42 am

    Your tomatoes look great. I will keep an eye on your progress and see what new varieties I want to plant next year. I just went with the old standbys this year, but they are doing great. I see lots of salsa making in my future!
    1. dishinanddishes

      August 17, 2009 at 5:20 pm

      Amanda - I just wish I knew which were which!
  • Aimee

    August 17, 2009 at 5:17 pm

    B-E-A-U-T-I-F-U-L! And one of my favorite smells of summer is tomato plants. Ahhh, wish they were mine. Well done- enjoy the fruits of your labor!
  • tjfarm

    August 18, 2009 at 12:08 pm

    Hi this is TomatoTown. Your tomatoes look wonderful! You have pegged Beam's yellow pear. But without having an idea what you have planted, it is kind of hard to tell before they ripen. Do you have a list of your plantings? Good luck!

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