Keeping busy in COVID-19 lockdown: yes, we will have tomatoes!

If this were a normal year, I would at this moment be circling tables at the Fullerton Arboretum, selecting tomatoes to bring home. Most definitely a grape tomato variety! Most definitely a meaty variety good for cooking down into sauce! Yellow! Red! Orange! Purple! Striped!

Alas, this is not a normal year: Veggiepalooza has been cancelled.

Anticipating the cancellation, I nicked over to Lakewood Nursery (corner of Lincoln and Bloomfield in Cypress) to pick out one (1) four-inch seedling.

Already in the ground were two volunteers from last year, one already quite tall, the other just sprouted. At this stage of growth, they show no differentiation that would tell me what variety they are.

So three tomato plants this year, keeping busy in COVID-19 lockdown.

With the help of my husband, I repositioned the two volunteers and planted the four-inch seedling, a cherry tomato hybrid named Sungold that I’m not familiar with. (My husband provided the muscle to reposition a metal trellis.)

I also picked up seeds for sweet corn and squash.

Onward to summer, when the lockdown will be lifted and all those extra tomatoes and squash can be given away! (Somehow, we never have extra corn to give away.)

Stay safe, stay healthy!