Every year, I try to record my first ripe garden tomato. Here are my results for the last few years:
2011 - August 5th
2010 - July 23rd
2009 - July 17th
2008 - Sometime in September (I got my garden in late)
In 2009 I had a bumper crop. I had tomatoes ripening as soon as July 17th. Well, this year is looking promising. I have at least two ripening tomatoes - and it's not even the 4th of July!
salad. Since I discovered them, they have been my first tomatoes to ripen every year. They are incredibly high producers and they are indeterminate - which means they flower continuously throughout the season. Flavor-wise they can't be beat.
I had a few other things to harvest today. My artichokes are the envy of my community garden.
As you can see, the garden has been so productive that it's time to weed again. I better get on it!
Is your garden doing well this year, or have you had problems with the heat? I know in the Pacific Northwest we have been pretty sheltered from the excessive heat of the rest of the country. I hope everyone else's gardens are going well!