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I've been trying for years to grow tomatoes here, and my timing has always been off -- getting the plants in too late for the fruit to ripen before it got too cold or too hot. Thanks to our mild winter, I finally managed to get a nice, ripe tomato (and have more ripening on the vine -- wOOt!). I know the quality of overwintered tomatoes is not supposed to be as good, but this one tasted mighty fine to me!

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Comment by Heather Green on March 6, 2013 at 7:19am

Congratulations! Looks great :)

Comment by Raul Monreal on March 21, 2012 at 10:11pm

That is a masterpiece in my opinion. I've grown tomatoes here with no problems. They do need calcium to fruit.  Do an egg shell tea or buy a calcium plant supplement at the store. Just a hint. ;)

Comment by Leanne on February 16, 2012 at 8:07am

Oh shoot, it's some kind of rye cracker that I grabbed from the food store at Ikea.  Leksa or something like that?  They're all gone, so I don't have the packaging any more.  The spread is just Dijon mustard.  I like it spicy :)

I'm still getting used to the idea of tomatoes as perennials, it's kind of a foreign concept where I'm from.  These plants got nipped by the frost, so they're looking pretty sad.  I'm trying to decide between pruning them back or just ripping them out and starting fresh.  Either way, I'm pumped to actually have tomatoes this year for the first time since I moved here.

Comment by Vynnie McDaniels on February 15, 2012 at 11:38pm

That looks delightful. What's the bread/cracker and the spread?

(p.s. tomatoes over-winter quite well.  You can actually prune them back, dig them up, and keep in 5g pots through cold winters - moving them to less cold protection.  Then they will wake up and take off in spring).  Kudos to your early tomatoes!!

Comment by Angela on February 15, 2012 at 9:12pm

Looks very yummy!  :)

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