Huh. Neglect works.

July 19, 2010


So, way back in May I put a tomato plant in Con*Blo*Gar, and promptly forgot about it. Every couple of weeks I remember – “Hey! There’s a tomato plant out there. I should go check on it.” Surprisingly, it is alive.

When Brad was here, the plant had grown enough that it was sprawling all over the ground. I don’t know much about growing things, but I don’t think tomatoes are a ground fruit. He said I could stake it – or not. (The worst that could happen is that they might get spots on them.) While ‘or not’ sounded pretty good, I did jam a stick in front of it, then forgot about it for a couple of weeks.

Look! There is a tomato that is almost ripe on there!!! I need to remember this because I’d like to pick it in a few days for a BLT. Please help me remember.

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11 Responses to “Huh. Neglect works.”

  1. Brad Said on:

    Mmm… BLT…

    I won’t be any help in the reminder department. Brent says he uses an email reminder system for remembering important dates. Maybe you could have an email sent to you to remind you to check the tomato.

    …Or you could write a note on your bathroom mirror.


  2. Peggy Said on:

    Yay for your tomato! I bet there’s a whole family of them in there!
    Enjoy your awesome sandwich!

    I was going to get one of these this summer:

    but I didn’t.


    • Lauren's Dad Said on:

      Some years ago, Lauren’s mom bought one and planted a tomato in it. Just before the tomatoes were ripe enough to pick, the deer pulled the tomatoes off.
      BTW, making a hole in the bottom of a five gallon plastic bucket will work just as well.


    • Deanne Said on:

      We didn’t get the topsy turvy one, but we got another one that allows other stuff to be planted on the top. I thought that was pretty efficient. But we just found it on sale at Sams, so we’ll plant it next year. I’ll have to report back on how it goes.

      We have a bunch of tomatoes on our two plants. But Daniel is obsessive about them, checking on them multiple times per day. He even tried to hand pollinate the flowers.


  3. Peggy Said on:

    (Off topic: Lauren, on the radio this morning, they were having callers phone in words that they hate. The 1st caller said ‘moist’. The 2nd one was ‘seepage’ & the 3rd was ‘booger’, the lady couldn’t even say it…she had to spell it. Hehe…our hated words were in the top 3. The DJ then had to use them in a sentence…”It’s going to be a booger of a day…things should get moist this afternoon as we experience seepage from the sky.”


  4. Kristi Said on:

    What is the lovely native grass that is growing next to your tomato?


    • Brad Said on:

      Since I’m the caretaker at Sommerer Gardens, I’ll take that question.

      It is Porcupine Grass (Miscanthus Sinensis ‘Strictus’). Some people call it Zebra Grass, but that’s a different variety of miscathus.

      The word ‘sinensis’ means “from China”, so it probably isn’t native.


  5. Annette Said on:

    My Topsy Turvy has yielded to date 12 cherry tomatoes…cherry sized, really!


    • Lloyd Said on:

      IS that one of the upside down tomato planters? Our neighbor had one that didn’t do very well a few years ago. It looked like he was torturing that poor plant.


      • Annette Said on:

        Yes it is. I had heard that people often do not have success with them, so I was motivated by the odds. I’ll be selling the secret to making it work in a Video DVD right next to the Topsy Turvey next year at Menards. At the present time I am soliciting appropriate background music.

        Note to Lauren, unfortnately I haven’t mastered BLTs in proportion to the cherry tomatoes…perhaps we can collaborate on this video?


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