Local gardens are beginning to hit their seasonal stride, and vegetable gardeners are keeping a close eye on their tomato plants. The days of picking juicy, flavorful red tomatoes are almost here, and for gardeners who planted cherry tomatoes, those happy days are already here.

Even those of us with minimal gardening skills can usually manage to keep a few cherry tomato plants alive long enough to enjoy a daily bounty. They’re a fun choice for gardening with children because the tomatoes ripen faster than the big ones. Cherry tomatoes and children are a good pairing because the stakes are lower: If an overenthusiastic young harvester picks a few green ones by mistake, there will be plenty of ripe ones in a day or two.

Bernice Torregrossa: bernice92@aol.com.

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