Tony Dewey

SacBee Garden: Reader Tony Dewey of Auburn was still enjoying homegrown tomatoes on Feb. 18, 2014.

Sacbee garden: Home-grown tomatoes ready for Valentine’s Day

Published: Saturday, Mar. 1, 2014 - 12:00 am

Sacramento Bee readers share their gardening adventures.

Is there no end to summer tomatoes? Not for some intrepid local gardeners.

Tony Dewey of Auburn managed to stretch his fresh harvest past Valentine’s Day.

“These were picked green on Dec. 1, just before the very cold weather that killed all the plants overnight,” Dewey said of this plate of red ripe tomatoes. “We’ve been enjoying them ever since.”

Dewey snapped this photo Feb. 18 – months after tomato season ends for most gardeners.

“We grew Early Girl, Better Boy, Ace, Celebrity, Big Beef, Lemon Boy, yellow pear and a red grape tomato – 24 plants in all,” he noted. “I’ve tried heirloom varieties but they don’t grow as well as the hybrids and I’m very happy with the taste of the ones we grow.”

As an added challenge, Dewey’s garden is at 1,200 feet elevation. His Valentine’s Day tomatoes slowly ripened indoors (for almost 10 weeks), but added color and taste to late-winter meals – as well as some well-earned bragging rights.


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