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Maters are almost ready!

Jar of Duke's: check. White bread: check. I'm ready when they are. I'm so excited! It doesn't take much anymore to keep me happy.

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  1. wow. when did you plant? My largest one is not much bigger than a golf ball yet.

    ...and we're already irrigating, last 5 days in the 90s. It's gonna be a long summer.

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    1. re: danna

      Sorry to say, I have no idea. I used to keep detailed records of what I did when and then boom! There's no way I can keep up. maybe end of March? But I planted plants- no more of that seed stuff I did so caringly for so long. It's a German Johnson. I cannot wait!

      1. re: Sue in Mt P

        i did plants as well...from the seed my Mommy planted indoors in ...i dunno, february? I bought the seeds for varieties I particularly wanted and presented her with them. It's wonderful to have servants...I mean...parents ;-)

        Seriously, Sun Gold cherry tomatoes are the bomb. I think they were picked world's best tasting tomato by some NYC publication last year and they weren't wrong. Not only sweet like candy, they grew healtier and had the longest growing season of any of my tomatoes last year.

        1. re: danna

          I know. I love them too. I have eaten them for breakfast while weeding and watering, lol!

      2. re: danna

        Ive been getting beautiful ones from my CSA the last couple of weeks, but Im in austin so they can plant really early.

      3. You will probably be too giddy to safely eat this alone. I'll be glad to drive down and make sure it is a safe and happy experience!

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        1. re: meatn3

          meat, you are right. I am Not Myself. Come down anytime.

        2. Wow--yours are really early! I'm in southern CA, and my Early Girls are getting to be tennis ball size, but still quite green. Can't wait for honest-to-goodness tasty maters!

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          1. re: pine time

            I know! I got mine in pretty early-I always do. Even if we have a chilly snap here in coastal SC, it won't freeze hard.

            It's not QUITE there yet. I am ready.

          2. I'm angsting over getting stuff in the ground. It's wet, wet, wet! Had 2 days with no rain this past week and planted half the tomatoes because I figured they were going to either die in the flats or die in the ground, might as well stick them in the ground. Was pleased to see the ground was a lot damp but looking pretty good. Of course that night it poured. Next day it poured. Then it poured again. Today was sunny enough to pick the first of the early cherries. maybe we'll get lucky tomorrow and it won't rain. And if we're really lucky it won't rain Monday and I can get the rest of the tomatoes in, and maybe the squash and cucumbers. We're so far behind, I'm just this side of despair for the garden. The guy at the orchard said we've only had 3 days out of the past month that were totally without rain for 24 hours.

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            1. re: morwen

              We've had none for 3 weeks. The pump to my well broke so now I'm having to water with the expensive stuff. Boo.

              1. re: Sue in Mt P

                No rain here for about that long... 100* heat....Having to water every every other day...or less... Finally got an inch of rain yesterday...Thankful for it...but would have liked a lot more...Spring crop started coming in a little over a week ago...The Dukes jar has gone down fast!!...Got a flat of of Better Boy's for Fall....Gotta get them in the ground soon....Hoping the temps will moderate somewhat first ~~ Off to make a sammich..... in a minute the Dukes and the juice will be running off my elbows :))

                1. re: Uncle Bob

                  Sounds like my kinda supper. Enjoy that sammich. My eggplants are close.

                  We are still way too dry.

            2. meat, too bad you missed it. Juicy and fabulous. There are more if you can git yourself down here.

              1. Due to our short growing season (recently has been freezing at nights) I just planted my tomatoes yesterday so it will be ages before I have some fruit.

                1. Yay! Harvested my first Early Girl today. YES--that's what a tomato tastes like!

                  1. I'm maybe two more weeks from maters. I have a little baby cucumber and a little baby summer squash. Beets and carrots. The lettuce is almost over, although I am attempting to block the sun and see if I can get a little patch of mesclun to give me one more cutting.

                    I have been eating chard like crazy and could use a couple more recipes!

                    1. I picked my first cherry tomato yesterday! My roma's have 1/4 inch fruit - so cute.

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                      1. re: meatn3

                        Woohoo. Did it make you happy?

                        We are in a drought. There's some fire in Georgia and now the air is yucky. I hate to wish for rain-it might bring a tropical thing I will not mention.

                      2. My roma has one small fruit and it seems to be frozen at that size. The other plants -- yellow pear, early girl, some German heritage thingy -- have flowers and that's it! Phooey. It's cool and drizzling here. Sunny California, ha. On the other hand, the artichokes are producing like mad.

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                        1. re: Glencora

                          Glencora: where are you in so. CA? I'm south of Orange Co., and have now had tomatoes for about a week. Plus, harvested a small panful of green beans yesterday, and going out shortly to cut 3 Japanese eggplants. Corn is in tassel, too, and the green pepper is nearly ready for picking. Yum.

                          1. re: pine time

                            I'm North, in the Bay Area. It's been a cold, wet spring. Most of my cherries rotted and my peppers look stunted. I can't believe your corn is so far along! Here's hoping the sun comes out soon. My son graduates high school next week -- outside.