I have harvested my first tomatoes of the season! I thought I'd get the jump on the chipmunks and deer and bunnies and pick the very few tomatoes that were ready to eat. I have three yellow pear tomatoes, the tiny ones, a cherry tomato, and what I think may be a "Celebrity" tomato.
The chipmunks planted tomato seeds in the gardens at the sidewalk leading to the front door. The seed was in seventh heaven, because that's one of the areas that has full sunlight, and it gets water regularly from roof run off, and overlap from watering the containers. It turns out there are two cherry tomato plants. They exploded with growth when the heat arrived and were growing across the sidewalk. Our guests had to hop over them. I should have corralled them sooner, but didn't have anything to use. Dear Husband clipped apart an old trellis and we slid it under them and propped them up. It could look better, but the plants seem to be thriving.
When I weeded across the front of the house, to see if the Russian Blue sage was still there, I discovered more tomato plants, and left them. We'll see if there will be tomatoes to harvest, there, too.
I'm looking forward to ripe homegrown tomatoes in "Summer" salad, and "Farmer's Tomato Pie!"
Visit the May 13, 2003 archives for the recipe for Farmer's Tomato Pie. "Summer" salad is diced tomatoes or thin tomato wedges, with cucumber slices and sliced green onions, with dill, in a vinaigrette. You can add other veggies, or omit those you don't care for to personalize the recipe.