A RIPE TOMATO!

As you all know I’ve been bemoaning about the slow ripening of my first trial of Heirloom Tomatoes varieties 2019/2020.

Well, low and behold…………after the heavy rain all day on Wednesday of the past week……..I woke up on Thursday morning to an astonishing change in the largest green tomato on Tomato plant #3 – Genuwine (the cross between Costoluto Genovese and Brandy Wine tomatoes).

If I hadn’t seen it ripen so suddenly, I never would have believed it.   Its been a warmer shade of green than the others in the bunch for 2-3 weeks (or more).

Since I have no trouble with my Avian friends pecking at my tomatoes, I’ll leave it on the bush to fully ripen.

I usually pay the extra $$ for vine-ripened tomatoes in the shops as I prefer their deeper, richer flavour to most commercially grown Tomatoes, although, at this time of year, nearly all tomatoes we get in our markets and supermarkets are flavoursome in Australia.

There’s another slightly more golden-green small tomato on the lower right of the photo above.  Here’s hoping it turns red in the coming days.

My brother had bought me a couple of great books for growing food in a small space to add to my small gardening book collection, but it was actually my Organic Gardener magazine where I read that you should never grow tomatoes in the soil/location you used the previous season/year.   I didn’t know this.  Well, I’d already planted the seedlings and didn’t want to disturb them, so I just hoped for the best.

I might like to point out that the two green tubs, with Tomatoes #1 & #3 were the old tomato pots and the terracotta-coloured pot (which had baby spinach in it last year), have quite obvious differences in the Tomato and Sweet Basil plant growth.

I don’t know whether you can see the more robust growth in the Sweet Basil at the base of Tomato #2 if you have only a small laptop computer.   I hope Tomato #2 – Tomato ‘sauce-maker’ doesn’t grow any higher as I only bought a packet of bamboo stakes (not the taller wood picket-fence-like heavy stakes).

Living in a small studio-style apartment and having only the balcony outdoors, I don’t like to accumulate large items or anything that I can’t re-purpose.

By the way, the Rosemary (Rosemarinus officinalis) on the left-hand side of the tomatoes is nowhere near as lush and bright green as usual.   Its leaves have a definite dry, pale tinge to them.

My Mint bush on the right-hand side of the tomatoes is one of 3 pots of Mint I have and nearly died when I had a few days in the hospital last year but has sprung back with pruning off the yellowing leaves and the usual regular daily watering I give my container garden.

I noticed some leaves stuck together in my new Mint plant yesterday and snipped them off when I saw a caterpillar sandwiched in between.  Seems that was what had nibbled a few leaves recently.

I have no idea what kind of caterpillar it was as it was brown (not green like the Cabbage Moth Caterpillars that have such voracious appetites).

My baby Spinach seedlings I planted 10 days ago are doing well (below).

It really is a unique life I lead – I literally sit at my desk in the late morning while answering my emails (with half an eye on the watch for bird traffic) and then, sit in blissful silence and solitude watching the garden grow for a couple of hours.

It’s extraordinary.

It’s amazing.

……and I can highly recommend it to chronic pain/illness sufferers (like myself).

Being in nature, or even viewing scenes of nature, reduces anger, fear, and stress and increases pleasant feelings. … Research done in hospitals, offices, and schools has found that even a simple plant in a room can have a significant impact on stress and anxiety.

HERE, THE LILY CATCHES THE LATE AFTERNOON LIGHT.   THIS IMAGE WAS MADE SOME WEEKS AGO AND SINCE THEN, ONE FLOWER HAS DIED, BUT I STILL HAVE 7 LEFT.  THIS PEACE LILY WHICH I BOUGHT TO CLEAR THE TOXINS IN THE AIR, IS STILL GROWING AT THE MOST EXTRAORDINARY RATE I’VE EVER SEEN ANY INDOOR PLANT GROW.