Okay, so, like the first pancakes off the griddle, these tomatoes (the Purple Russians) are not the most beautiful in pure aesthetic terms but they are beautiful because they mean that, yes, my tomatoes have started ripening. After three months of lovingly caring for the plants -- which are humungous and required the purchase of four more 5-foot-tall bamboo poles just to keep them under control -- the ripening has begun. From the looks of things, the Rose and Pineapple heirlooms are not far behind. Also happy to report that the plants I gave out to family members are producing fruit as well.
Speaking of producing fruit, I wanted to make sure and talk about the watermelon seedling I picked up at the Nature's Touch Nursery in Templeton on my way back from Big Sur. This is the Ali Baba, which is the same heirloom variety that did so well the first summer I had my garden (three years ago!). As you can see from the photo -- taken on June 11 right after I planted it -- the seedling is just a little tyke, making it hard to believe that big ole 30-pound watermelons might come from it. But, just three weeks later, it's already making its move (more photos to come) -- a good sign.