Because the tomatoes are grown in the PeeDee region of our state, they are the tastiest I’ve ever had. Must be something in the soil that makes them so delicious. When we lived in the Low Country, people would rave about John’s Island tomatoes. But Leo and I thought they had no flavor. Whenever we visited Leo’s mother here at the Crossroads in the summer, we would take home boxes of PeeDee tomatoes. And we never left the Crossroads without having a good ole ‘mater sandwich.
And there are probably that many more waiting to be picked in the garden! We are so surprised that we have so many tomatoes. It has been an incredibly hot and dry June this year. Thank heavens Leo installed a drip watering system this spring. It saved our tomato plants.
Did I tell you that we planted 56 tomato plants? Most of them are Celebrities. We didn’t plant those last year, but Leo came home from the feed store with a whole flat of them this spring. We will definitely plant them again next year. They are very disease resistant and have that ole timey tomato taste even though they are not heirlooms. The rest of our plants are Better Boys and Lemon Boys. I wish I had planted more Lemon Boys because they have the best, intense tomato flavor of any I’ve ever tasted. And they are yellow. They are beautiful when mixed with some reds when making a Caprese salad.
You do know Leo and I are newbies to gardening, don’t you? Last year was the first year we’ve ever had a garden. We try to garden as naturally as possible. When we planted the tomatoes, we put a shovelful of compost into the hole. We’ve used no pesticides or herbicides this year. We have fertilized the tomatoes with Miracle Grow for Tomatoes twice. And now we have this.
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