Tomato Plants Update {TGP}

Do you remember back in the early spring when I shared this photo of my seedling pepper and tomato plants:


And that what was wrong was the fact that there are dog hairs sticking out of some of the plants – because our dog had gone crazy (trying to get a mouse, we now assume) and jumped up on the wood counter, scraping it up and upending all my tomato and pepper seedlings?

Most of the seedlings survived, surprisingly, but not the plant markers – and the few that did make it were haphazardly put back by Brian (trying to hide the total horror of Samson’s destruction from me, no doubt), so I’m not sure they’re even in the correct spots. The season ahead was to be full of surprises, then – hot and sweet peppers growing together, romas and heirloom beefsteak mingling in the same raised bed.

Ah, but that is not all these ‘tender’ little seedlings had to endure. After Brian and I left for our almost 3-week trip to Greece and Kosovo, our daughter tried her best, but she was a busy girl and sometimes forgot to water. We came back to another couple of lost plants, plus really long, leggy, and skinny tomatoes – many with browning leaves.

At the end of April I started to harden them off outside, thinking if I could just plant them deeply in the ground before they all broke and cover them with row cover they’d survive. And that’s where they were – outside, NOT under cover, being hardened off when we got a freak late frost in May.

Those seedlings looked SO pathetic, I didn’t even take a picture. Seriously – I was embarrassed to even be seen planting them! The only thing that caused me to go for it was the fact that they represented more than $40 of plants I’d have to go out and buy – so I thought I’d see if I could get any to grow before purchasing replacements.

Tomato raised beds.7-13

Guess what? Tomatoes are pretty hardy little guys! These are what my sad, sad seedlings look like today. I only had to buy one tomato plant – and that was because of Samson. ALL the seedlings I planted – leggy, pale green, and frost-bitten – have grown into lush, beautiful looking tomato bushes.

Green tomatoes.7-13

Yep, full of little green tomatoes! NASA we have lift-off – let the tomato season begin!!

Of course, I’ve no idea what type of tomato this is, though. Kinda looks like it might be the beginning of some stripey heirloom, doesn’t it?

Tuesday Garden Party


  1. says

    That is so funny! I got my melon seedlings mixed up and now I’m not sure which plant is which! We figured it out a couple of days ago when we ate one of the Schoon’s Hardshell Cantaloupes – it was so good but didn’t look anything like the melons you buy at the store, so we didn’t know what it was until we sliced into it! It was like Christmas morning! Have a great day! Oh – thanks for the hop!

  2. says

    Glad they survived. I have the same issue happening with some broccoli starts. They have endured several weeks of neglect when I haven’t been around much. Now I’m back so we will see if we can get them ready for the garden.

    • says

      Hope that works for you! Unfortunately, my experience with broccoli is that they aren’t hardy like tomatoes – if they get a bit stressed they will go to seed after planting without ever growing or creating a head. :(

  3. says

    Wowee, they’ll be comin’ out your ears! I’m trying tomatoes in pots for the first time this year. You may recall my tomato fiasco last year. Not a single tomato on two pathetic, gangly, yellow plants. None. Zilch. Nada. It was heartbreaking. But I’m happy to report that my three in pots are THRIVING with green babies comin’, and two in the ground have tons of flowers. Yippee!

    • says

      It was a tough summer for tomatoes last year, Mindy! I didn’t get hardly any until the end of September. Glad we’ve got a real summer this year. :)

  4. says

    Your tomatoes look great! Mine have turned into a huge jungle, but they are loaded. I can’t wait to harvest them. Nom nom nom. Who needs to know what kind of tomatoes they are, anyway? 😉 I’m sure about half of mine either… Have a great week, Jami!

  5. says

    I am so glad to see your tomato plants thriving! How exciting! I picked our first tomato of the season yesterday – cherokee purple heirloom variety. It wasn’t quite ready, but I just couldn’t help myself. Thanks for hosting this party each week – always inspiring :)

  6. says

    They look great! We only have okra and peppers still producing in our garden. I’m trying to keep the tomatoes alive until the fall. Keeping my fingers crossed.


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