Won’t be long now before the first crop of tomatoes are table ready.
Planting is staggered so they’ll be another crop in two or three weeks and one more in a comparable time period after that – an approach we take with nearly everything we plant.
Tomatoes are indigenous to this hemisphere, originally cultivated by the Inca and Aztecs.
Following the importation to Europe myths and suspicions became part of the tomato mythology where they became known as poison or wolf apples which may have been attributable to the fact that tomatoes are a member of the same family as Nightshade which is poisonous.
What may not be commonly known is that if you make a spray of the leaves or stems it serves as an effective pesticide as does Cayenne and several other organic approaches.