June 27th, 2007

A tomato farmer I certainly am not. I don’t know why I feel the need to grow tomatoes each year – maybe it is a deeply rooted biological response to my southern heritage or maybe I’m a glutton for punishment. I never have what you would call an astounding success. Last year I coaxed a sickly potted tomato plant to yield a small crop.

The plant promptly turned yellow and went to plant heaven. The smallest of the tomatoes disappeared entirely from the bowl, only to be found, months later under the microwave looking more like a raisin than a tomato- ew. (A result of kitty interference- most definitely.)

Before:

After:

Drainage turned out to be the problem. So this year, more holes were drilled in the pot and I now have this:

LUSH! GREEN! TALL! Indeed. I started to get very excited. Except, I’m supposed to be seeing tomatoes, right? Or some buds or flowers or something other than leaves.

Ok, wait, what is this?

One FREAKIN tomato? Really? Crap!

I suppose I’m in dire need of some supplemental plant nutrition. Or something. Or maybe I should just plant some ivy in this pot and pour myself a large glass of whine. I gave it some tomato spike feeding thingies, but maybe those weren’t enough? I’ve used them in my herb box and am enjoying the ample, herby goodness sprouting forth (except for the thyme, which I kill each year, and don’t really know what foods to put it in anyways.)

Any suggestions as to if Tomato Harvest 2007 has been  compromised beyond salvation or if there are any emergency, crop-saving actions that can implemented immediately- would be most welcome.

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3 Responses to “Bitter Harvest”

Sparky Says:

Don’t worry soon you will have salads and BLTs!
Try some tomato basics: Number one rule for growing successful quality plants–always use the best soil mixture ingredients which contains a minimum of three components: topsoil/sand or perlite/compost or peat moss. Mix hydrated lime into the soil. Immediately add to the plant soil mixture any of the above items that are missing. Proper drainage was done. Feed plant with Miracle Grow tomato plant food per directions. The plant should be located in an area that obtains as much full sun as possible. Tomatoes love water so water the plant at least every other day.
Happy Harvest for the Spazz soon to be Green-thumb!

Olaf Gradin Says:

It has been a dry summer. The lack of water makes it hard to grow juicy tomatoes. And I rarely fertilize…anything. Or at least I don’t do it in a Miracle Grow way. To each his own, but I use refuse a lot. When I happen across a dead one, I put goldfish in there. They seem to be very wonderful to plants in their dead state. Also…thyme? It’s wonderful on chicken. Mix olive oil, thyme, and some lemon juice together for a great roaster basting.

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