Dreaming of Red

By realitybites · Sep 11, 2014 · ·
  1. Waiting for my tomatoes to turn red is like watching paint dry—it seems to be taking forever. Sid has over thirty tomatoes. Penny has over forty. I can't even count them all. I've tried but I lose track. There are so many clustered together. But they are all green. Some are quite large. Looks like they are full size. As soon as they start to get a little orangeish at the bottom they are good to go. It usually takes about seven days for them to fully ripen on the vine once they start.

    I bought a small kitchen scale so that I could weigh my bounty. I am so excited. It is awesome growing your own food. If I had the space, I would have a huge garden. My dad was a suburban gardener as was his father. The torch has been passed.

    I will post pics as soon as I spot any color changes.

    Update 9/14: Color! One of Penny's tomatoes is ripening. It is not one of the larger ones but it was the first tomato on the plant. Interesting.

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    More pics to follow...

    Holy Toledo! Later the same day...

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    Update 9/15: This morning...

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    And at 5:30 pm this evening...

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    When they say sun-ripened tomatoes, they aren't kidding!


    One of Sid's larger/older tomatoes is turning as well!

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    Update 9/16: Looking good!

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    Later that afternoon...

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    And another one of Penny's tomatoes is ripening...

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    Update 9/17: Penny's first tomato:

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    Update 9/17: Penny's first was delicious!

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    Update 9/22: Six ounce red globe...

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  1. realitybites
    Your garden sounds magical. :)
  2. My Only Weakness
    Hi, sorry, I just saw your reply, better late than never, I guess.
    Yeah, I'm a Southern girl, one of the eccentrics: they don't know what to do with me, I don't know what to do with them. But I was raised there, so I guess I have to claim it! I'm more okay with it now than I was as a kid. I have traveled all over the world and now know no one area of the world has the market cornered on ignorance like I once thought the South did. It is sadly quite rampant across the whole of the human race.
    Manchester included.
    I love that movie as well!
    One of my all time favourites! I know areas of Alabama that are still very much like that, even now! One of my most beloved rural sights is a tractor parked in the middle of a grown up field. Just like time stopped and nothing has happened there since that frozen moment. You see that a lot in the South!
    I wish we had a garden. We live in a Victorian terrace, so we only have a concrete square yard of space, and the wall next door is gradually moving into our yard, one brick at a time. It's a hard hat area, we never go back there. We do have a nearby allotment, but that's all a bit feudal peasant for my pretentious self!
    I have the country manor's garden already drawn out, herbaceous borders, floral features and a medicinal and culinary garden are just some of the things I've got sketched out!
    It will be mine,(eventually,) oh yes, it will be mine.
  3. realitybites
    I did live in the south--Florida--for 15+ years. Fried Green Tomatoes is one on my fave movies. Have you seen it? Are you from the southern US? You are in Manchester now, right? I hope to make it to the UK within the next year. Maybe next summer.

    I love fried green tomatoes. And okra. But I have never cooked my own fresh okra. I love it fried. I may just have to fry up some of those green tomatoes.

    Do you have a garden?
  4. My Only Weakness
    okra and fried green tomatoes will make you forget about red for at least seven days or more....just sayin', but that's a Southern girl talkin'..WAIT...you are too, aren't you?
    You can't find a green tomato in England unless you grow them yourself.
    They are so rare and I have so longed for them...