Friday, August 3, 2012


After a late start planting this past spring, and

after a bout of brutally hot, foliage-burning weather, and

after a month of drought, and

after an invasion of creepy green tomato hornworms...

finally, the tomatoes are beginning to ripen.

There are few things better-tasting than sun-warmed tomatoes just

off  your own carefully tended vines.

Happy August!

(With thanks to friends Bev and Marty for access to their lovely pile of well-rotted horse manure, which I used to fertilize these plants, and for the bales of wonderfully spoiled hay that I used to thickly mulch them. You gardeners understand, don't you? Pure gold.)