Ahh, Tomatoes!! Could we ever really produce enough to have extra for selling after eating them in the garden AND bringing them in for sandwiches AND making tomato sauce AND sharing with our neighbors?!
This year I thought it would happen. The plants from last year survived the winter by covering the plants with blankets when frost threatened...
Can Tomato Plants Survive the Winter?
California winters are usually pretty mild, but covering a tomato plant helped ours survived three frosty nights!
Only a few tomato leaf tips succumbed to frost-bite and the rest of the plants produced tomatoes VERY early in the season to get us through until the new plants began producing.
What to do with Too many Tomatoes:
Now we are gathering handfuls of large, red tomatoes every day! There are the two types that I planted ~ an heirloom variety with a funny shape and yummy flavor, and a beefsteak tomato that I got from a friend and saved the seeds from. There are also some volunteer cherry tomatoes (here is a delicious idea for when you have an abundance!) and funny pear-shaped tomatoes that appeared near the neighbor's fence about 15' from the main tomato plant garden!
Six days later we are having an abundant harvest of gorgeous heirloom tomatoes! We always set aside one as a tomatillo salsa ingredient!
How to Handle End Rot
We had a wild tomato plant growing, but the ends were hard and black. Looking it up, it said bottom end rot may be from a deficiency of calcium in the soil.
We crushed eggshells and watered them well into the soil. The next tomatoes to come out were healthy and prolific!
Overcome by processing this abundance, I left a bag of imperfect ones for too many days. Interestingly, below a smelly pile of soft, moldy tomatoes was a perfect, unmarred tomato!
Is this further proof of the Health of the Host being the most important factor?!
As a sickly teen, mom introduced me to fasting, nutrition and showed me how to get my health back. This started my lifelong quest for optimal health. Continually in school (right now at Huntington University of Health Sciences, the only accredited school of nutrition in the US), with a passion to stay up on current research.
Science plus Practical Application = the best of both worlds.
Passionate to give people tools to help them enjoy their best health!
Cynthia Cruz ‧ Author