Our First Tomato

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    Sweet! Our very first tomato from our tomato plant and my Honey was sweet enough to leave it on the vine until I got home from the beach so I could pick it. :) That's one of the 563 reasons I love my Honey!
     
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    I'm sure it tastes as good as it looks! One of my favorite smells is the smell of the vine.
     
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    Well I will find out tomorrow how good it tastes @Chrissy Cross and let you know. I baked a turkey yesterday for our last meal at the beach Condo and I brought home some slices of the breast (which is my favorite part) which I'm going to make a sandwich with for lunch tomorrow...and put a couple of slices of our first tomato on it along with some mayo! :)
     
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    This is the tomato plant that I picked our first tomato off of yesterday...it's doing really good so far and has the promise of quite a few more tomatoes that we will enjoy from it. :)

    On the other hand, our bell pepper plant is not faring as well. It started out good but something seems to be eating the baby bell peppers before they can get a good start. I did find one pepper hiding under some of the plants leaves which looks like it will make it, and there are other blooms so I'm hopeful we will get a few bell peppers too this year.
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    funny you should mention tomatoes as just this past week, I finally got to turn the soil in our raised gardens..
    That night, the temperature went down to -7c which means we still can't plant anything in the garden just yet..

    I like to plant yellow grape tomato plants as we both like those small sweet yellow grape size tomatoes..
     
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    @Steve North I need the bigger tomatoes for those tomato and mayo sandwiches! :)
     
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    Yummy...think I'll have one when I get back from the graduation on Friday. Used to love those. Of course it won't be a home grown tomato but we have some pretty tasty tomatoes in California...all year too.

    We had a few when my ex was here but by the time we had any tomotoes the fruit stands were full of locally grown ones and ours weren't so great anyway.

    We tried the heirloom but only got a few.
     
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    I could not wait until lunch time to eat my turkey and first tomato sandwich...so I'm having it for my breakfast...and just as I thought it would be...our first tomato is delicious! :)
     
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    That looks VERY delicious, Babs and I already had breakfast and I could still eat that right now.
     
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    It looks like our tomato plant will do better this year than our bell pepper plant. I just took this photo a few minutes ago and yesterday I picked another ripe tomato off this plant...and now I have two more to pick also. Our first tomato was delicious, so I know these will be too. I think I will make some cheese ranch oven burgers to put slices of these tomatoes on today and maybe a small tossed salad to finish off the steaks and chicken sausage my Honey grilled yesterday.

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    As for the lone bell pepper, it needs to grow a little more before I decide what I will do with that. :)
     
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    This morning I picked that one bell pepper on our plant.
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    It looked like that bell pepper was going to be our only one even though we had lots of blooms. Something was eating the baby buds as soon as the flowers fell off. But this morning when I cut this bell pepper off of the plant I noticed we now have 4 or 5 that are budding well so I think we will have more bell peppers after all. We have gotten 4 tomatoes so far and about 4 more are starting to turn red. And we have new blooms on the tomato plant too. The plants are so tall and beautiful this year...even without the fruits. :)
     
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    Our tomatoes seem to be growing well this year, too, although nowhere nearly as beautiful as yours are, @Babs Hunt . Because of all of the shade we have here, they seem to grow tall and stringy once all the trees have leafed out. Even when we have really hot weather it does not help because the plants still don't get anough direct sun.
    But anyway, this year, it seems like they are looking better and growing right along.
    Robin has tomatoes that she started in her Aerogarden, and then moved outside into some huge planters that hold water in the bottom, and now they are almost 4 foot tall !
    She has cherry tomatoes and has been eating those for a while now. Robin LOVES tomatoes, and she found a place online that specializes in Heirloom tomatoes.
    She must have bought almost 50 packets of the different tomato seeds, so she will be growing tomatoes for some time to come. She has a nice sunny back deck and back yard; so her maters are thick and bushy, and look awesome.
    She gave me some to try, and I have one that is called Red Currant tomato, which grows in long strands (like grapes or currants) and is a small cherry tomato. The other one is called Black Plum, and it is one of those really deep colored plum tomatoes, which usually have intense tomato flavor.
    I have started some seeds in grow pots, and once I get the last batch of seedlings out of the Aerogarden, then I will start more in there.

    For anyone else who is interested in growing heirloom tomatoes, here is the website where Robin is buying her seeds from. It is totally amazing how many different varieties of heirloom tomatoes that there are ------ over 600 varieties, according to this website ! !

    https://www.tomatofest.com/heirloom_tomato_seed_home.html
     
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    @Yvonne Smith Can you and @Bobby Cole "prune back" some of trees, etc. that are providing to much shade and let more sun in?
     
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    We have pruned everything that Bobby can reach with his ladder and pruning saw. These are huge old trees that would need to be professionally cut back, and the gnarly/ugly cedars could be removed completely. However, hiring a tree trimming company is very expensive, and this is not something that you can just find a handyman to do.
    We are pretty much just stuck with having all of these trees in the yard. We can't afford to move, and can't afford to have the trees pruned back; so we just work around this as best as we can.
    Here is what the overhead view of our house looks like, and you can hardly even see the house (let alone the yard) in this picture.
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    Do birds eat tomatoes @Yvonne Smith? I went to pick some more of my ripe tomatoes a little while ago and found this one had a big chunk eaten out of it. I've been growing tomatoes for a few years now and never had anything eat the tomatoes before.
     
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    Yep, tree removal is very expensive. I had 1 tree in each corner of my small back yard. Loved them and they provided shade but their limbs grew too fast and were always reaching towards the back roof so I had to have them removed. :(

    This was about 9 years ago and I think it was $800 but now I can't remember if that was one or both trees. Took the whole day and they left the stump...otherwise it would have cost even more. Planted lavendar bushes in front of the stumps and finally you can't see the stumps.
     
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    I don't think that was a bird, @Babs Hunt . I have had birds eat bites of a tomato before and it is just a little place where their beak goes in and only makes a tiny hole that is easy to cut out. I read the article @Chrissy Cross posted, and I think it is probably more likely what has happened. A rodent of some sort.
    One place we lived was behind a grocery store, and they had rats that got into their big dumpster, and when my tomatoes started getting eaten, I am pretty sure that it was rats coming up at night and eating them. It looked about like yours look; so my guess would be that it was some kind of a rodent, or possibly an opossum, since they will eat all kinds of fruit or vegetables.
    Amazon has those rodent repellers that makes an ultrasound noise that the rodents can hear and people can't. I think that dogs can hear it, too; but since you do not have a dog, it should be fine for you to try.
    Rats can get through a pretty small hole, so unless the fencing around the tomatoes is pretty solid, they can probably crawl through or even over top of it.
     
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    Alot of the comments of the post @Chrissy Cross shared said birds or a squirrel ate theirs like that .... I know we have birds and a squirrel, so I'm thinking it has to be one of those. I left it on the bottom of the pot to see if whatever did it will come back and finish the job. :) I don't mind sharing one or two...
     
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    Thank you for your research @Chrissy Cross and for your sharing too @Yvonne Smith. :) I just went back outside to check to take a second look at the eaten part of the tomato and whatever had been eating it came back in that short time since I placed it in the pot and had eaten some more of it in a different spot. o_O There is a bush right by our tomato plant that the birds hide in and they have a nest in it too. So my Honey is going to sit on the porch and see if the culprit shows up again. :)
     
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    The culprit who has been eating our tomato is a Mockingbird. :) My Honey sat on the porch and caught the culprit in the act of helping himself/herself to more of the tomato that he/she had started on. :)

    I don't want to get any traps, etc. as we have never had a problem with this before. There is a nest in the bush that is very close to our plant and my Honey says there may be babies that the mockingbird is taking our tomato to feed. I'm a sucker for any kind of babies, so I'm going to share my tomatoes. With just my Honey and me to eat the tomatoes, there is more than enough for all of us. :)

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    Two more tomatoes were eaten on this morning so I took my last remaining one that was ripening and will let it finish ripening indoors. I was able to pick 3 ripe tomatoes and the one that is almost ripe...so my Honey and I still have plenty for us to eat. I have some baby ones growing now too so we will be careful to watch these and pick them before they get to the ripeness the mockingbirds like.

    Hope those mockingbirds don't like bell peppers as I have many growing right now. I guess we will just have to wait and see. :)
     
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    This morning I went to check on my tomato plant and the new babies that were starting to grow...and I found that the birds had eaten on my green biggest baby! :( They weren't eating the green ones before, only the ripe ones. Now we do have a problem and either I can let them have the plant or figure out how to stop them. I'm thinking of sticking 4 poles around the plant and covering them with netting.
     
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    Finally got our first ripe tomato yesterday. Four of them but two were on the ground and rotting. There should be a lot more soon.
     
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    I just found this video today about how to help pollinate your tomatos and get more fruit. Basically, you are just gently shaking the tomato plant where the flowers are at, and that helps to pollinate the flower. this also works with some other plants, such as peppers, according to the video.
    This looks like an easy thing to do, and I am going to try it with our tomatoes.

     
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