I will have to give the climate on North Carolina's Crystal Coast much of the credit.
All I did was dig three holes in the sand and fill them with topsoil and some Osmocote and keep the plants well watered.
When I stuck the plants which we got from Lowe's into the ground on May 5th, I knew that I had planted a little late for the area, but I also knew that barring some some unforeseen difficulties that I would still get tomatoes.
Sixty days from planting to crop is pretty good in my book. I did not have to use smelly socks in an attempt to protect the plants from deer this year.
We did have an attack from tobacco worms (tomato hornworms) but they were fed to the blue crabs in the gut behind the house. I also had to send a fiddler crab scrambling afer I caught him attacking one of the tomatoes damaged by the tobacco worms.
While I have grown some fantastic tomatoes over the years in Roanoke, especially while they were protected by our Lab Chester, I am ready to concede that growing tomatoes is much easier in North Carolina where the heat is more consistent and the deer aren't a problem.
Perhaps I should offer up some fireworks to commemorate my first early tomato in a number of years.
The fireworks are from the great exhibition that Emerald Isle put on the night of July 4th. Those fireworks were the conclusion to a great holiday which included a trip up the White Oak River and even a parade in our subdivision on the shores of the White Oak near Swansboro.