Well today is June 24th - my birthday. I'm not usually focused on my own birthday, but this year my #1 gardening goal was to have ripe tomatoes by now. June tomatoes are unusual for me here in the Cincinnati area. Last year it was August before I got ripe ones.
Not this year!
A wonderful birthday present. Actually the tomato pictured is the 6th Early Girl tomato this year (and actually is much smaller than the others). The first one was on June 15th. Next year, my family wants to shoot for a May ripe tomato!
I said "my family" instead of just me because it really has become a fun family thing working on reaching the goal. My daughters even wanted to protect our early plants from hungry or thirsty animals so much that they encouraged me to fence the plants in.
Usually animals don't bother tomatoes, but in the midst of our drought, animals might go after ripe tomatoes for the water content.
We have been seeing many foxes and raccoons lately so this fence will keep them out.
Soory, only humans are permitted to enjoy these garden fresh, vine ripened organic birthday tomatoes!
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