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Say, is that a mutant cherry tomato in your pocket, or…?


Plucked from Uncle B’s greenhouse. I was just on the point of dropping it in the soup, when I noticed its enthusiasm. Sadly, I did put it in my pocket, thereby destroying its most signal characteristic.

Incidentally, this is a variety of tomato called gardener’s delight and they are simply spectacular. I usually don’t like raw tomatoes, but these things really do taste sweet, like the fruit they truly are. Raw or cooked, I can’t get enough of ’em.

And that’s it for me today. I’m still on mother-in-law duty and the stress of being on my best behavior all the time has plumb wore me out.


Comment from David Gillies
Time: September 1, 2009, 8:09 pm

My favourite thing about home-grown tomatoes is that acrid smell the plants have. A greenhouse full of them is quite pungent. It makes me hungry just thinking about it.

And until you’ve grown your own, you do not know from tomatoes.

Comment from Enas Yorl
Time: September 1, 2009, 8:34 pm

Yar tomato plants are evil smelling things. No wonder people thought they were poisonous. Unfortunately Las Vegas isn’t a very good place to grow them. 🙁
Still, you can buy some pretty good ones though from time to time.

Comment from Uncle Badger
Time: September 1, 2009, 8:46 pm

Best thing is daring to handle the plants – then washing your paws.

Instant green foam and an Irish sink.

So much chlorophyll – who knew?

This year, I’ve let the tomatoes have the run of the place.

Some have even emerged, self-seeded in the gravel, from last year’s plants.

I decided to treat these interlopers as an experiment in hydroponics and have dutifully splashed High K fertiliser on the stones with every watering.

So far, so good… even the gravel has produced a crop this year.

Next season? Why, triffids, of course!

Comment from apotheosis
Time: September 1, 2009, 11:33 pm

After last season’s debacle I held off on the toms this year, and am working on pumpkins.

They’re not only thriving, I’m increasingly sure they’re sentient. In a malevolent, calculating, “I’m going to strangle the life out of everything I can get my springy little tendrils on” kinda way.

I can’t quite figure out, from an evolutionary standpoint, why pumpkins thought it was a good idea to be a climbing vine. I mean, the vines climb trees, flowers grow on the vine in the trees and are fertilized, and pumpkins grow from the base of the flowers. Upwards of ten pounds of gourd, supported by whatever the vine affixed itself to?

Stupid pumpkins.

Comment from porknbean
Time: September 2, 2009, 2:32 am

Mmmmm, pumpkin seeds.

We planted a couple of varieties of tomatos but with the cooler weather and my working more hours….pffft.

Comment from dfbaskwill
Time: September 2, 2009, 1:04 pm

First Mushrooms, then onions, now tomatoes! You’re making a salad, aren’t you? Don’t forget the bacon bits.

Comment from Sockless Joe
Time: September 2, 2009, 11:49 pm

There’s some tomato blight in central Pennsylvania, so very few local tomatoes this year. (Really kills the summer BLT kick. Nothing better than a BLT made with fresh tomatoes.)

As usual we usually have a few self-seeding (“volunteer”) cherry tomato plants. They had a late start and don’t get a lot of sun where they are, so none are ripe yet.

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