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Sow seeds in pots indoors
Second week of March
Pot up young plants
Second week of April
Harden off young plants
First week of May
Plant out young plants
Third week of May
Begin high potash feed
When flowers die off
Begin pruning cordon type
When side shoots appear
Begin harvesting tomatoes
First week of August
This was the plan! But some things don’t work exactly to plan, and I find myself going into the third week in August with one red tomato, and another just beginning to blush.
Those of us who have waited all winter for a decent tomato know the joy of the first ripe tomato of summer, it is a promise of the abundance that people can expect to eat in months to come. They signal that there are good days ahead.
In the Bible, there was something that the Israelites called ‘first fruits’.
They were an offering to God (2 Chronicles 31 verse 5). The idea behind the first fruits, of course, was that the first fruits of any harvest are especially valuable.
We have all had a very difficult year, but as we begin to see some changes for the better, perhaps now is the time to reflect on the new things we have learned about ourselves, and our communities. We have grown resilience, community spirit, and some of us have grown in our faith, and found new ways to share that faith. There are many precious things to thank God for.
Reverend Marion Kinnear,
Auxilliary Minister Presbytery of Lochaber.