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I’m already making promises for next season

By Penny Stine

Next year, I will buy tomatoes early. Oh, I'll still start my favorites from seed simply because it's a great way to keep my mind off winter, but I refuse to wait until the end of July or the first of August for ripe tomatoes.

 

 

My gardening buddy, Jan, bought tomato plants with tomatoes already on them in May and she's been eating ripe, red tomatoes for weeks. She shared a couple with me last week, and they were delicious. I enjoyed every mouth-watering bite and felt foolish for being too stubborn to buy tomatoes that I didn't start myself.  
 

Because this is what the tomatoes I started from seed still look like. I fear that I will turn completely gray and need both dentures and crutches before they ripen. 

 

 

Of course, so many of my tomato plants died at transplant this year that I ended up buying a couple plants in early June, after the good ones had already been picked over. This is one of the plants I bought in June.

I'll have to wait even longer for it to give me tomatoes.  

I'll be gray, in dentures, on crutches and wearing Depends before I get my first BLT out of these!

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