My cherry tomato plants (the only tomatoes I planted this year) are doing fantastically so far this year despite our on and off spates of cool, wet weather.
Well, I guess they should be considering how much I've coddled them. I meant to take a picture of them cocooned in their incubator/isolette which creates heat on a cool day and protects them from less than comfy night time temperatures. But I caught hubby at a good spot today when I was working out in the garden (I needed his help to remove the cold frame from the tomato bed) and we had it off before I remembered to take a picture of it covering the tomatoes. The shot above is of the cold frame only set against the fence line for temporary storage.
But all that babying of the tomato plants is now changing, and they are going to have to learn to adapt to and function in the real world.
They've grown so tall that their tops were being smooshed down when I closed up the cold frame at night and if they do produce tomatoes (IF? Did I say IF? I meant WHEN!!!), it's very difficult to reach into the over-sized cold frame structure to pick the little red orbs.
So the time has come. Shiver though they may, we had a chat and I assured them they will adapt and survive perfectly well out of the sheltered environment they've thus far lived in.
Just look at those healthy little blossoms so ready and eager to turn into ruby red fruits. Soon we'll have more cherry tomatoes than we know what to do with. Soon? Well. By August anyway.
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