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We have already gotten hundreds of pounds of tomatoes from the 12 plants =
I put in. One of the Italian plum varieties is cranking out so many =
tomatoes, that I fill a large salad bowl with ripe ones just from that =
one plant almost every day. The grape tomato plant is also very =
prolific, but those tiny tomatoes are a pain to harvest and I probably =
won't put one of those in again next year. The one zucchini I planted =
is almost as bad - we've been picking a 12-18 inch squash almost every =
other day. My kids are getting sick of tomatoes and zucchini at every =
meal, so I've had to get creative with recipes - there can be too much =
of a good thing. I've turned the plum tomatoes into great tomato sauce =
and will try a homemade ketchup recipe next - there is no way we can use =
them all up otherwise. We live 35 miles south of San Francisco and the =
climate here is ideal for growing tomatoes. We usually see the first =
ripe ones in June and continue picking well into November or later if =
the weather stays warm.