Gardening where the sidewalk ends

Street Tomatoes September 18, 2008

Tomato growers in Seattle have been rejoicing as the cool, wet summer finally turned sunny in September. We have now had quite a few weeks of warm, daily sun to help all those slow-ripening fruits and veggies along.

Out for a walk the other day, I was totally blown away by this parking strip tomato patch. Not too many plants, but boy are they producing!

Street tomato patch

The gardener has opted for stakes and twine over cages. Not sure which method is more labor-intensive, but stakes are probably cheaper. Watering method seems to be a soaker hose, and the soil is fairly average-looking but has probably been amended at least somewhat, to produce such healthy-looking plants. These Romas were really looking tasty.

Lurking Romas

These smaller, globe-shaped ones were the furthest along in terms of ripeness.

Almost there

I hope the rain holds off for a little longer so all those big fat juicy ones get ripe.

Need more sun

This street garden is also less than a block away from an elementary school, so I’m impressed that the tomatoes haven’t been pilfered to be used as missiles!


4 Responses to “Street Tomatoes”

  1. Shibaguyz Says:

    As fellow Seattle tomato freaks, we can attest to the positive influence this past week’s weather has had on our Jungle of tomato vines. In preparation for the surplus of sun, we cut back the foliage on our plants leaving only vines and huge quantities of tomatoes. As it looks like the rains are returning soon, we’re preparing little greenhouse-ish enclosures for them all to maximize heat and to fight off wet rot.

    Good luck to all you Seattle tomato-heads!! We can do it!! LOL

  2. Racquel Says:

    I’m sure that too much rain is just a detrimental on veggie crops as too little rain. Glad you are finally getting some sunshine & that parking strip tomato garden looks great.

  3. Georgia Says:

    It’s cooling down in Berkeley and there are lots of green tomatoes on my plant. Hope we have lots of sun and warm temperatures for the rest of the month. Just in case, does anyone have a green tomato recipe?

  4. greenwalks Says:

    Shibaguyz –

    Can’t wait to see pics of your mini-greenhouses. Did they work?


    Racquel –

    The late summer sun helped, but I worry that a lot of people’s tomatoes never did get ripe.

    Georgia –

    Hope you got some ripe ones. I’m not a tomato grower myself, so I’m afraid I don’t have any recipes!

    – Karen

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