Garden Tips for Perfect Tomatoes

| 6/17/2020 4:44:00 PM

Windy Meadows Farm

Some country pleasures never seem to change. With the windows open, the sweet scent of freshly-cut grass drifts in, a woodpecker can be heard in the big maples surrounding our front yard, and a cherry-red cardinal is perched on a windowsill. And this spring, for the first time ever, we have seen the orange Baltimore Orioles at our birdbath…so exciting for a birdwatcher like myself!

A continuous string of warm days here in the Midwest means we’re enjoying sun-dried sheets as well. It’s a simple pleasure to hang sheets and quilts on the clothesline and then watch t hem snapping smartly in the breeze. By early afternoon, t hey’ll be dry and brought in doors, t hen tonight, our family will sink into  sheets that smell faintly of sunshine and clover…sure to bring pleasant dreams.

Our last frost date has officially passed, so soon we’ll be planting tomatoes, potatoes, beans, zucchini, peppers, and other family favorites. A visit to the local nursery found us choosing fragrant herbs…cinnamon basil, German thyme, spearmint, and apple mint will be growing in our little kitchen garden.

Because, at least in our humble opinions, there’s almost nothing like the taste of sun-warmed tomatoes fresh from the garden, I wanted to share a few of our tips for what we think makes for perfect tomatoes.

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