Fenton Friday: First Tomato of the Season


The race for the first ripe tomato of the season was won by ‘SunGold.’ Not a big shocker there as cherry tomatoes have a bit of an unfair advantage in the first-to-ripen competition. Do you grow any early tomatoes? If so, which are the first to ripen for you?

Elsewhere in the plot, the ‘Burpee’s Tenderpod’ bush beans have not surfaced yet — but I am keeping a close vigil. The Icebox Watermelon ‘Sugar Baby’ seedings are up and all the potatoes have pushed up and put on good growth. We added a row of ‘Mrs Burn’s Lemon’ Basil to from seed also.

I finally pulled the flowering Sweet Peas (not to be confused with the edible ones), which were looking pretty fried in this week’s intense heat. In their place, I planted Edamame (soybeans). Last year, the soybeans were duds, but I have high hopes for these fresh seeds from Renee’s Gardens.

What are you growing and harvesting this week in your edible garden? 

About Fenton Friday: Every Friday during the growing season, I’ll be giving you an update on my community garden plot at the Fenton Street Community Garden just across the street from my house in zone 7 Mid-Atlantic MD/DC border. I’m plot #16. It is a 10 ft x 20 ft space and this is our 8th year in the garden. (It opened in May 2011.) See past posts about our edible garden by putting “Fenton” into the Search box above.