A Ripe Tomato Would be Nice

It’s been a cool summer this year which has not been so beneficial to our garden. Not that I am complaining at all, we are not hot weather folks, but surely I can say that we would very much appreciate a ripe tomato. Just one big one for our first official BLT. Or maybe a small cherry just to snack on during our mid garden walk. Something! Our tomato plants are all doing well, towering over our heads in some cases and are full of tomatoes. But all of them are green without even a slight hint of red. Maybe these two days of heat will help. Hopefully. How are your tomatoes doing this year? I hear that if you are in New England things aren’t going so well.


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19 responses to “A Ripe Tomato Would be Nice

  1. Kelly

    Here in San Francisco, I’ve got one Siletz tomato that is red, but not ripe yet, and another that is pinkish. But the Brandywines only have teensy green fruit, and the San Marzano has two tiny green ones. I know I will be deluged in November, but like you, I would dearly love to have one ripe one now.

  2. I ate the first little F2 Sungold today. I can’t wait for the massive amounts they will put out later. At least that is my hope. I live in the NE so you never know if they will be brought down by blight or not. At least the last two days have been sunny and warm.

  3. I got one ripe yellow currant tomato, the size of a large pea. Not very exciting so far…Is the tomato in the bottom photo a Purple Calabash?

  4. Oh the site of your beautiful brandywines (?) is making me so reminiscent of last summer. I loved watching those beauties grow and ripen in my garden.

    My tomatoes are almost non-existent this year, due to our move. I did some in pots but experimenting with our new greenhouse I almost killed them. Too hot!! So they’re out now and looking withered and far behind what they could be if we had an ounce of soil here and could have put them in the ground.

    I’m using Alaska Fish Fertilizer and hoping they’re going to forgive me enough to give us a few nice slicers and some handfuls of cherries.

    It’s so frustrating and discouraging buying a home with property that is solid, cement hard clay and nothing else. We have to truck in our soil when we can afford it. I always dreamed when I finally bought a home that I would have endless gardens, they would be everywhere and overflowing.

    Not so much, in reality.

    Anyway, not to be a total downer, I’m sure we’ll figure something out. I am glad to be able to enjoy yours vicariously…

    • kitter

      Don’t despair! A prosperous garden with fertile soil will be yours some day. Our first few summers in our house were similar – packed clay, lousy veggie results. After trying to work with the clay, we gave up and put in raised beds – a few a year. And now, 7 years later, have a thriving garden. It’ll come!

  5. kitter

    I hear ya – weird garden year. We’re in Concord – so a bit warmer than you, but still, we only started getting ripe tomatoes and summer squash within the last two weeks. And the deluge looks like it’s still a ways off.

  6. Loving your photos today! We don’t have any ripe tomatoes yet here in Santa Rosa, but we got our plants in a bit late (3rd week of May due to a vacation). Last night we picked our first green beans though (a french bush variety, not sure which one) and we’ve had a handful of pickling cukes. Bounty is right around the corner!

  7. Here here! I am in the same predicament. Can you believe in Northern California there are TWO gardeners without tomatoes? Let’s blame the crazy weather together, bc I am sick of hearing about people’s first tomatoes!

  8. asonomagarden

    Hi All, I’m glad to hear that I’m not the only bay arean with green tomatoes! The tomatoes shown here are Costoluto Fiorentino:

    Krista – sorry about the crummy soil in your new place. Are you going to do raised beds? Sounds like that would be a lot easier that working in that hard soil.

    Kitter – I grew up in Concord! Glad to have you comment!

  9. Ha! A post that I can relate to. I’m up here in pre-alpine country of Lake Como/Lecco and while the neighbor down at the lake has loads of ripe Romas, I’m twiddling my thumbs up at a higher 2200-foot elevation and waiting for the green tomatoes to turn into red ones. The lake does create a sort of micro-climate, but not enough to have an immediate effect at the top of the mountain.

  10. linda

    My tomatoes are doing well, just like yours! Not a red one in site. I live in Chicago, zone 5 I think. We have had a very cool summer so far with some heatwaves. I think I saw one tomato going from green to yellow yesterday but it could be wishful thinking.They have been an exercise in patience for me.

  11. Absolutely! I love raised beds and would have made my garden that way anyway. It’s just a bummer that I need to take a pick-ax to break up the ground first!! It would have been nice to have just an itsy-bitsy bit of our own soil to work with as well. Know what I mean??

  12. Your tomatoes are gorgeous. I’m deep into canning season here in Bakersfield. More canning this weekend. Be careful what you wish for.

  13. We’re in SoCal, LA County, but deep in a canyon that gives us very cool nights (Topanga). We got our first ripe tomatoes last week and are now
    picking faster than we can eat so canning is around the corner. Ours are all heirlooms. A black variety came first and then zebras and something with ridge in its name. The first ripe ones came off the pots on the roof — they get the most sun. But now the big bed is producing too.

    This was the garden a week ago.


  14. sue L

    July 31st and all I have gotten is some grape tomatoes and one Roma. My Large tomatoes sit as green as can be.

    Any suggestions? Aside from… pray for heat!

  15. theo

    I, too, have only unripe tomatoes so far, but only one plant. I’m in Sonoma and my girlfriend in Berkeley is boasting over her super ripe ones. Her stalked, dwarfed plant is pitiful compared to our caged ones. Maybe it’s something to do with the Sonoma climate/humidity?

  16. Lori G

    OK – If you take the leaves off the stems that have green tomatoes, they will get red and ripe in no time at all.

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