Michael Battalio


31 May 2015

Tomatoes

I have finally figured out how to grow tomatoes in TX. The key is starting early. Previously in the blog (Blog returns from winter hibernation) you can find photos of when I first started the tomatoes inside. I bought them some time in Feb and have kept them well watered (which hasn’t been difficult given the rain we’ve gotten).

First, here is the sideyard vegetable garden. The potatoes are almost ready to harvest, and the peas in the foreground are done. The peppers in the background are just staring to get going.

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Here are some of the tomato plants. They are doing great. They are full of green tomatoes.

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Here are a couple of the ‘celebrity’ variety that are tantalizingly close to harvest.

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Here’s the other tomato bed. There are some daylilies in the bed as well for color.

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Not all goes perfectly though. About a week ago I walked by the plants to find that one had been devoured by tomato hornworms. A vile creature that can consume an entire plant in just a couple of days. The plant below looked completely normal to me the day before. I found two enormous worms on the plant, each about 1.5” long. This is the first year I’ve dealt with the hornworms, probably because this is the first time I’ve actually had any success growing tomatoes.

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