Gardening is work. It needs daily attention which means watering in New Mexico. Sometimes the pests and disease are taking their share. Weeds are a constant fight in an organic garden. When I was watering this morning I found a huge hornworm on a pepper plant and two ripe tomatoes that the bugs had eaten. I had to just put them in the compost. Ugh!
Sometimes I wonder why we do all this – 20+ raised beds is a serious commitment. But then I pick a few perfectly ripe tomatoes. I know they have been grown in good, rich soil with no pesticides or herbicides and good organic fertilizers. I know what I’m eating because I grew it- from a seed. Have you eaten a freshly picked tomato while you are standing in the garden with the juice dripping down your chin? I hope so!! Nothing to me says perfection like a ripe tomato with just a touch of salt. Sliced tomatoes from the garden will be eaten every day for weeks. THAT’S WHY I DO IT!!!
If you don’t have a garden of your own, I would encourage you to find a friend with a few extra tomatoes or at least try a farmer’s market. Think about how you can grow a tomato next year. All you need is a spot of ground that gets 6 or more hours of sun or a good sized pot. Plant, water and be patient. You will be rewarded.