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The first tomato of summer 2015/16

My first harvest!

My first harvest!

One tomato does not a summer make* — but it’s a start! Okay, so my foray into blueberry self-sufficiency was not a success, but I’m on a roll with the tomatoes. I picked the first one today (on a fork, above; on the plant, below). It’s a variety called Honey Drop, a mini yellow Roma type. And if you’re wondering … yes, it was very tasty, albeit not very filling.

Here it is 'in situ'.

Here it is ‘in situ’.

And more are coming!

Tomatoes peeking coyly from behind the leaves.

Tomatoes peeking coyly from behind the leaves.

Still green, but coming along nicely.

Still green, but coming along nicely.

*Apologies for paraphrasing Aristotle!

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Tomatoes: more intricate than you might think

Tomato seedling with flowers.

Tomato seedling with flowers. How does it go from this …

Not only tomatoes, of course, but all plants. How does a tiny seed become a plant, where do leaves come from, what makes a flower — and in the case of the tomato, how does a flower become a fruit? The next time you slice a tomato for a salad, take a moment to ponder the intricacy of the process that created that not-so-humble red wonder.

Tomatoes!

… to this?

(Confession: I bought these tomatoes. But the three in the feature image at top came from the plant in the first photo. My first harvest!)