My First Big Tomato of Spring (And Updates)

Early Girl 2016 03 12I already had some small-sized tomatoes in my Winter/Spring garden (as you see in this post).  I also mused on which of  the larger tomato variety would set fruit first.  I speculated it would be between Big Boy and Early Girl.

Big Boy had blossoms open first — but Early Girl managed to set the first fruit!  (She just kinda snuck right in there.)

I have some surprising (to me) updates.  And yes, I do plan to have a video walk-through, but I thought I’d wait until I actually had a little more going on — it’s always nice to be able to show larger tomatoes, rather than have to get super-close for the itty-bitty ones.

Update

My first update is that I have my Isis Candy cherry tomatoes in the garden — I finally got around to taking them off my windowsill and into larger (temporary) pots in the garden.  I actually ended up with four plants, instead of the three I mentioned before.  But — I still do plan on an experiment when they get into their final homes.

The experiment involves two new humic acid products — TeraVite and Extreme Blend.  I keep hearing that humic acid will help your plants (of all kinds) grow bigger, stronger, etc.  So — may as well put them to the test!  I was only expecting three I. Candy plants to grow large enough, soon enough.  But…with four plants, I may throw in another test — one plant may get Miracle-Gro (I have a ton of it leftover, so may as well use it up) and the final plant will be the control.

Should be interesting!

Surprises

Black Cherry -- may not look very impressive, but it's twice the size it was last week.

Black Cherry — may not look very impressive, but it’s twice the size it was last week.

I mentioned previously that my Black Cherry tomato plant was just languishing — wasn’t dying, wasn’t growing — just looking like it did when I planted it.  Of course, a couple days after I said that, what do I see?  The plant has taken off!  It was so sudden that I wondered if someone had come in the middle of the night and put a new plant in its place.

(The “secret sauce” is worm compost tea, which I’ll talk about in another post.)

Big Beef 2016 03 12Another surprise was Big Beef.  It had been going gangbusters, until I had to transplant it to another pot (which had been invaded by fire ants).  It seemed to be OK at first, then just stopped in its tracks.

I guess the worm compost tea did some magic on it as well, as I see a small ‘mater on it — woo hoo!

I am very much looking forward to having some homegrown tomatoes.  I have some lettuce growing (which has been delicious), but I need some delicious tomatoes, too!  It’s hard to wait, but with any luck, the first of the cherry tomatoes will start ripening within about 10 days.

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