Sunday, May 2, 2010

It's tomato time again

I've been a bit late in getting my tomato plants into the ground this season, but this glorious Sunday morning spurred me to plant. This season, I'm raising a couple of varieties -- Red Beefsteak, Lemon Boy and Sweet 100s.

As I blogged last year, my garden produced like crazy thanks to the 100-plus temperatures in California's San Joaquin Valley. We have had much more moderate temperatures this year, but of course it is only spring. Those 100-degree days are coming, so get your gardens ready.

I've urged my dear readers to plant backyard tomatoes because there is so much you can do with them. I like to get very creative with tomatoes, whether it is using them in salads, on sandwiches or in salsa. I especially enjoy a Caprese salad, as well as making appetizing salads in hollowed out tomatoes. The previous links will take you to some of the tomato recipes that I've used.

Don't delay another day. Get your tomatoes planted now and you'll be harvesting them this summer.


  1. I remember all your tasty recipes for tomatoes, and I'mm going to try somwe this season. I'm not familiar with the vareity youy mentioned in your blog: What is a "Lemon Boy?"

  2. Tomatoes are an old garden stanby. You can't beat them for sheer production value. What else are you planting in your garden this season? Do you have some suggestions for hot peppers that can withstand the bugs and pests? Mine get eaten by the bugs before they grow.

  3. I love home-grown tomatoes and there are so many things you can do with them.

  4. Tomato Inspector No. 9July 7, 2010 at 9:05 PM

    So how big is that tomato plant now? It must be huge. . . just asking.

  5. I'm a tomato man myself, and I love to grow my own. Plenty of water, Fresno sun and you can't hardly miss. Thanks for recognizing the simple tomato, which goes with everything.