garden update – early girl

by Stacy

It’s still cold here. Listening to a meteorology special on MPR the other day, this is actually “normal” May weather. Our average last frost date is the third week of May. The last few years have been warmer than average, though, which makes us all think that this is cold. Which it is.

Normally, it takes (what feels like) a million years until heat-loving tomato plants produce any fruit. BUT! This year we bought an Early Girl plant from the farmer’s market, already over 6 inches tall with a flower! That was two weeks ago. This is what it looks like this morning:

tiny tomato!

It’s hard to tell scale from the photo, but that tomato is not big at all, about the size of a small marble! It’s huge compared to this one:

tinier tomato

Our Roma tomatoes and pepper plants are getting bigger, too. “Old” photos on the left, new ones on the right.

roma tomatoesroma tomatoes still growing
jalapeno and bell pepperspeppers in may

I have some tiny tiny sprouts on the kitchen counter that are still a little too delicate to go outside. They are either basil or sage, I didn’t label them! Oops. Yesterday I got half a packet of mixed lettuce seeds, too. Salad, here I come!

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