And we curiously watched them grow...
Watered them regularly, feed them occasionally with liquid manure fertiliser and watched them slowly get bigger...
Until eventually we had a tomato hedge, as of course being a first-time gardener I planted them a little bit too close together. But, we then watched as an abundance of fruit grew, and out from each of the tiny little yellow flowers came a tiny little tomato.
and then finally they began to change colour and we were picking between 400 & 500 grams of tomatoes everyday. Yet even eating them everyday, the pile began to grow and I had to get creative.
I've eaten them freshly sliced on top of my toasted sourdough, I've made salads and pasta sauces, I've roasted them and I've pan-fried them..
they've been tossed together with leftover pasta, avocado & herbs and gone to school with my little man for an exciting school lunch,
they've come with silly faces and proved rather entertaining at times,
and alongside some red capsicums and a few fiery green chillis straight from the garden they've made a number of batches of fantastic relish as well..
It's been helpful having well draining and fertile soil, lots of sun, and two avid enthusiasts gently keeping watch... but with some good compost, a bag of manure if its handy and a little bit of effort, a small spot in your back garden or a couple of pots at the back door, even just four or five lively green plants should provide you with a decent crop. Its totally economical and so definitely worth the effort; and you also save on all the packaging that comes with commercially grown tomatoes. I unknowingly started with a fairly big patch this year and I reaped the rewards for it.. but next year I'm totally going bigger...
So in a few days time as the daily pickings begin to slow, I'll take a few of each variety and squeeze the contents out into jars and soak them in water for two or three days. Once the little bit of flesh has separated from the seeds I can drain them, dry them, and pop them into envelopes for next year. So come the first week of the next spring I'll stick them straight into fresh seed raising mix for germination, and we can start the whole process all over again. I cant wait! But first I've got Autumn and Winter vegetables to grow, so there's much work ahead to be done, fun to be had, and joy to be found in our garden.