The tomato plants have finally started turning out enough ripe fruit for actual dishes instead of just enough to eat before returning inside the house.
The heirloom and beefsteak plants are now tall enough that I have begun to top them as well as prune the shoots. I like to wait until they are about 4 1/2′ in height before doing this. Topping just means to pluck every shoot from the very end of the vines. This forces more energy to setting fruit and keeps the lower vines healthier. The romas are taking their time and I may not even need to top them for the season.
Keep an eye out for some new tomato dishes in the weeks to come. Of course to start I went with caprese salad and homemade pizza.