Like every year, we planted our 2014 tomato garden along the sunny side of the garage. Unlike every other year, however, this year the first 6 tomato plants went into the ground Mothers Day weekend – at least 3 weeks earlier than usual. For most of a month, they stayed protected in a mini-greenhouse tube made of plastic and wire semi-hoops.
The early planting and efforts to keep them warm in May were in response to last year’s tomato harvest, which didn’t start in earnest until September. With frosts coming in early October, the tomato plants were a lot of work all summer for not much yield.
Here they are this year on July 19:
Today is August 1 – and checking in on our plants, here’s what we find:
The left-most plant is finally taller than I am.
The 6 plants nearest the front of the house/the door are obviously the ones planted in May. The other 5 were planted in June, per usual. The difference in the size of the plants is obvious – and we picked our first 3 tomatoes today. They are not ready to eat yet, but they are orange enough to continue ripening in the relative safety of the window. Planting 3 weeks early seems to have moved the harvest up by at least that 3 week margin.