EarthBox Update- First Tomatoes Picked

Our first picking

Our first picking

I’m pleased to say that we’re having good luck again this year with our EarthBoxes.  I picked these 5 cherry tomatoes (variety Sun Gold) from our plant on June 28th.  Yes, they are supposed to be orange, not red.

Here’s where I picked them from:

Ripening Sun Golds

Ripening Sun Golds

What’s even more impressive is that the plant itself is now taller than we are, and is expecting a second level of trellising soon:

The plants HUGE!

The plant's HUGE!

This is mostly due to lots of moist rainy days, then a sudden surge of sun and heat, I’m guessing.  It’s almost shocking how quickly we went from basic plants with a few blooms to bushes with big green tomatoes.  We’ve got about ten plants, of varying ages, and all but one have tomatoes on them now.  Here’s the rogue’s gallery:

Plant variety forgotten, but look at these beauties!

Plant variety forgotten, but look at these beauties!

I can’t remember which plant these are from, but look- a whole bunch! And plenty of light seems to be improving my photography.

Paul Robeson tomatoes peeking out from under the leaves

Paul Robeson tomatoes peeking out from under the leaves

This blurred shot (ok, photography improvement is pretty spotty) shows two on our Paul Robeson plant, which has a very sturdy main stalk, supporting small bunches of tomatoes… these are about the size of a tennis ball right now.

Cuor Di Bue  (Heart of Ox) tomatoes, about half final size

Cuor Di Bue (Heart of Ox) tomatoes, about half final size

And here are two of my current favorite variety, Cuor di Bue.  See how the one on the right really is shaped like the heart organ?  These will get a bit bigger, to the size of a red delicious apple, but with MUCH better flavor.  Again, like their namesakes, these tomatoes are dense in texture and flavor, with less runny water than other varieties, but not arid like a paste tomato can be. It was these tomatoes that made me appreciate the “beefsteak” varieties.

Yet again, our EarthBoxes are quietly doing what they do best- grow plants!  I should get pix of our thriving herb plants, too.

Do you have an EarthBox?  Please let me know if you’ve got pictures you’d share!

(Hello, my wonderful relatives who received them as gifts…. I’m talking to YOU  too!  Don’t let J and S get all the fame!)

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