How to Grow Tomatoes! Secrets Revealed!

Friday, September 17, 2010

Mom and Dad and Tomatoes

Remember my earlier post about growing golden beets? Well, today I'm going to let you in on a huge gardening secret! How to grow tomatoes!!!

1. Order seeds.
2. Give them to your parents and their "all-garden" backyard. Yeah, there isn't room for a lawn chair or anything. It is all Southern California, all-garden backyard.
3. Dad plants, encourages growth, waters, transplants, stakes, and grows the tomatoes.
4. Mom waters the plants and runs the heck out of the backyard when she sees a tomato bug.
5. Voicemail says, "Hi Mary, This is your Mom. We have tomatoes if you want to come over."

And you thought gardening was difficult!

Mom and Dad and Tomatoes
I love, love, love, these yellow heirlooms. They were sooo delicious!

Mom and Dad and Tomatoes
My folks will celebrate their 43 wedding anniversary next month! My dad is 78 and my mom is 67. My mom always says,"11 years apart, just like Prince Charles and Diana." Um, Mom, that one didn't quite work...

Unfortunately, Southern California had a really gloomy and cold summer. My dad only got one round of tomatoes this year...and his cucumbers definitely didn't give him a bumper crop. But it was all delicious!

Mom and Dad and Tomatoes
I know people were canning, making tarts, salads, and so much more. But here is my recipe:

Ingredients and tools:
  • Tomato
  • Sea Salt
  • Hand or knife
Eat tomato from hand with a dash of salt, or cut up and eat more dignified.

Thanks Mom and Dad for growing such great tomatoes this year! Let's do it again next year!- mary
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Esi said... [Reply to comment]

Mary your parents are soooo cute!! Love the tomato bounty they produced. I would just eat tomatoes all day long if I had them.

Lisa said... [Reply to comment]

What a cute little story. Since I eat so many tomatoes, I should try some of these "secrets".

beth said... [Reply to comment]

omg. your parents are ridiculously cute!!! and those tomatoes are GORGEOUS. Well done! ;-)

Joy Tilton said... [Reply to comment]

Your parents look much younger than their real ages...I bet all that hard work and of course eating lots of fresh veges! I can just taste the tomatoes and your recipe, my favorite too!

Eliana said... [Reply to comment]

Nice - now I need to figure out a way to make it out of the west coast to indulge in your parents garden :)

Lori said... [Reply to comment]

Congratulations to your Mom and Dad! And how wonderful that they have a backyard full of produce. My husband always wants me to do that.

Unknown said... [Reply to comment]

You're a lucky girl to have a low hassle garden like that with such lovely gardeners :)

annmao said... [Reply to comment]

Your parents are adorable! Congratulations!
(and gorgeous tomatoes btw =))

Meandering Eats said... [Reply to comment]

So you're also a member of the brown-thumbed-offspring-of-green-thumbed-Asian-parents club? I really should have done what you did. This summer was hell on my tomatoes, not that they do well when summer's hot here, either! Next year, I'm enlisting Mom's help. Congrats to your parents and 43 years!

Unknown said... [Reply to comment]

You have some super cute and wonderful tomato gardeners on call! I miss living near my mom - she'd just show up with a huge box of them, usually with some zucchini hidden underneath. :)

And I hope I didn't create a headache for you with my bundt cake post - no need to go bundt crazy all over again! I think we should all celebrate National Bundt Day, however...

Shannon said... [Reply to comment]

You look so much like your mom! Our tomatoes were very disappointing this year but maybe next year we can have our canning adventure.

Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

Too cute! I was hoping for tomato tips, but this was more fun to read!

Liz said... [Reply to comment]

How cute are your parents?! If they want another adopted daughter (and tomato-receiver) in LA, call me!

Linda Vandermeer McCubbin said... [Reply to comment]

Those tomatoes look great and your parents look soooo sweet in that photo together at the top.

Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

oh goodness, too darn adorable!
your parents rock and your reasoning on gardening, well who could argue?!

Montserrat said... [Reply to comment]

Lol Mary.. that was such a closely guarded secret! We all do that.. my mom jokes about us daughters being 'thieves' whenever we're home. Haha.. I was excited when I saw the pic of your mom & dad.. the pessimoms/tree behind! I love pessimoms and there were many fruits in the picture (hehe.. I enlarged it to confirm that those were pessimoms).

Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

Ummm, 11 yrs is the age difference between me & what's his face! -B.

eatme_delicious said... [Reply to comment]

Your parents are so cute!! And I'm so very jealous of all those gorgeous heirloom tomatoes.

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