Sunday, July 24, 2011

Happy summer days...I have a tomato!

Just when I had given up on any hope for my rather leggy and pathetic tomato plants...low and behold I have a juicy little green "Early Girl" growing quite happily on the vine! It was one of those moments where you take a quick second glance as I couldn't believe my eyes! I have to be honest, this year the weather has been dismal and just wrong on so many levels for tomatoes. I had given up weeks ago and was happy for it to go to seed. Here it is as a once happy start...

Back in May when I was given my little starts from a wonderful friend, I was full of excitement and joy for there is nothing sweeter than home grown tommy's. I nurtured it and cared for it daily, expecting great things and planning ways on how to best devour the soon to be bountiful crop...mmm bruschetta or a fresh Caprese salad, oh yum!

Surprisingly happy once again!

But alas I have one, just one perfect little tomato that is now again being treated like a baby and being doted on daily. I am crossing my fingers once again and feeling grateful for the small but happy early girl. Not sure how many I will get, I wonder if I will have enough for one of my fave tomato recipes, simple but yummy and great for a snack or appetizer....

Tomato Feta Bruschetta

1 large baguette - sliced
4 large tomatoes - finally chopped
1 large spanish onion - finally chopped
1 cup Basil - finally chopped
2 cloves Garlic - crushed
1/2 cup of crumbled Feta
1/3 cup Olive oil
1/3 balsamic vinegar
Coarse salt & Cracked pepper

- Combine all ingredients (except bread) in a bowl, season to taste.
- Spoon above on to lightly grilled, olive oil drizzled crunchy bread.
- Enjoy (sharing is optional...hehe!)

This will be the first of I hope many recipes to come for my Plot to Plate section of my blog. I have many local allotment gardeners who are looking forward to sharing their favorite dishes, please contact me if you have a recipe that you would love featured here on Polka Dot Galoshes, I'd love to post it...thanks =)

How are your tomatoes going this year? What is your favorite way to prepare your tasty homegrown tomatoes?

Also, I have joined my first blog hop! Stay tuned as I am still learning what to do...


  1. I know exactly how you feel! I planted tons of tomato plants this year, then the weather turned extremely hot and dry, and - no tomatoes. :( But - and this is the odd thing - they have just started making in the last week or so. Why - I have no idea! It's still hot! It's still dry! Wonders never cease!

  2. Woo hoo!
    We eat the tomatoes. Plus, I chop them and freeze them to use in recipes all year long.

  3. Tomatoes are doing really well this hot and dry summer. I planted them in just compost and they seem very happy. So far I picked four, but about eight more are ready. I eat them as fast as they are picked, just like a snack. When I start getting 10 or more a day, they will become salsa. Mine are early girls, but I do have pink heirlooms growing too. They have tiny little tomatoes and it will be awhile before picking them.

  4. The recipe sounds delish! Unfortunately, my tomato plants did not do well this summer. The birds got some and we ate about two and then they turned brown and died (sad story :/). However, I am going to try again this fall. Good thing I can buy them at the store...NOT as good as home grown, though. Your plants look very healthy. Enjoy!!

  5. That is one very fruitful tomato. There is so much attention on it. It's beautifully decorated and has the attention of the whole world before being eaten up. :)

    My tomato plants are huge and flowering but I have yet to see one tomato developed.

  6. I found a couple of cherry tomatoes and am hoping that we get some bigger types too. Some plants don't even have flowers still.
    I hope your baby makes it! I love bruschetta!

  7. Eat them off the bush! It is going to be at least another week... but soon.

  8. I also planted some tomato seeds on top of the building (clothes hanging deck), which has roof but other areas have polycarbonate transparent roof. My area is below the transparent roof so i tried the tomatoes. I didn't put any fertilizer but a not very nutritious compost. It becomes leggy and yellowish, it needs both sunlight and nutrients. I am sure they will not be able to produce any fruit at all. Maybe i should prick one and transfer to single pot, give attention better and who knows! In your case i remember, "The Little Prince"'s rose, which is very protected and cared for. Remember? by Antoine de Saint Exupere?

  9. oh man, I am sooooooo like much hope and excitement wrapped up in a little plant and then unreasonable joy when it succeeds and unreasonable sadness when it does not...

  10. Oh I hear you, home grown tomatoes are like gold here. And Zuchinni, and squash, and cukes...sigh.

    Glad to see that you got at least one.

    Jen @ Muddy Boot Dreams

  11. Holley - YAY!! Don't you love little miricles like that =)

    Donna - Sounds like the T's are loving you this year, Salsa is one of my fave's. Crossing my fingers for enough to make some here ;)

    Amy - So sad! Sorry to hear they didn't do so well, hope you enjoyed the two you had!

  12. One - lol! Yes this tomato is being treated like a princess. Crossing my fingers yours start to fruit soon.

    Catherine - its been particularly hard in the PNW for them, hope you are rewarded by some red ripe deliciousness soon.

    Julie - Oh I did like wise last year. I grew small cheery T's and they were just to delicious for words. I think I may of prepared one meal with them, the rest devoured from the bush. Enjoy yours in a few weeks =)

  13. Andrea - Its amazing how much T's need the sunshine, something we have been greatly lacking this summer in Seattle. I have even thought about bringing my little prince inside to put back under a UV light. End of July, our summer is so pathetic!!

  14. Amy - It's amazing how the simplest of things can bring such highs or lows. I am so super greatful for my one, its crazy! You'd think I'd won the lottery when I discovered!

    Jen - It's so true, I am completly guarding it as if it were a treasure! Good luck with your Zuccini & cukes...yummers!

  15. Hi Julia ~ congrats on getting a's crazy how we are clinging to the little successes this growing season! My tomatoes are producing..but none are ripe yet. Not sure what I'm going to do with them actually. lol!

  16. Mmmm...the bruschetta looks tasty. And I agree--there is nothing like a fresh, homegrown tomato. Cheers!

  17. Our toms are still in their little hoop house. We don't dare take the plastic off yet! We have a couple of little greenies and one little tiny red one a couple of days ago. It was pretty grainy .... I hope they get juicy! I hate it when they're grainy

  18. I'll be trying that recipe Julia. Might use Costco tomatoes, but still...I've had a couple garden ones so far. The Oregon Spring variety is earliest in my garden. There are many green ones coming if it would ever be summer here! The indeterminate ones loved the rain and are taller than I am and a jungle-- I think I saw a lion in there.

  19. Congrats on the tomato! The Bruschetta photo is making me hungry. Mine toms are still green. I'm impatient.

  20. Tomatoes, tomatoes, tomatoes is there anything more beautiful than a home grown tomato...
    Well yeah that rose you are showing off this morning is gorgeous but I bet that tomato taste yummy..

    Have a wonderful weekend and
    hugs from Savannah, Cherry

  21. Tomato season is over at my house, which I learned when caterpillars ate all my tomatoes (and all the leaves on my tomatoes) in two days! I did get a few lovely cherry tomatoes before the feasting. Mostly it's too hot for tomatoes in Florida now anyway, but still! Darn caterpillars!


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