Oh, the excitement!
Chatty wandered out in the back yard yesterday to check on her tomatoes. When Chatty says “tomatoes”, she means…two.
One cherry-sized tomato – and one so small you could feed it to Barbie and she’d still want a sandwich and soup to make it a decent lunch. This baby tomato makes the cherry-sized tomato look like a 1956 Buick headlight. We’re talking SMALL, folks!
But, wonder of wonders – the “big” tomato has turned RED!
This is excitement indeed!
Chatty rushed inside to brag to The Wiz.
He replied, not looking away from the computer monitor:
“Red, huh? Cool.”
Chatty suggested that he might want to come and admire it.
The Wiz demurred.
“I saw it when I was cutting the grass yesterday.”
“And you didn’t TELL ME?”
“I figured you knew. I mean, you water it, right?”
“Yes, of course, but not every day.”
“Oh. Well, I guess it changed to red on a non-watering day.”
And to think, Chatty planted these tomatoes mainly for The Wiz – because he loves tomatoes.
Since a few of you have kindly expressed interest in Chatty’s progress – agriculturally speaking – naturally she grabbed her camera and took a couple of pictures:
The “baby” is very small, as mentioned (try to spot it, in fact!) and there are NO other signs of tomatoes or flowers on the plant.
However, see the greenery to the right in the above picture? That’s one of the other plants. It and the other three were supposed to bloom later – about 30 days later – than the one Chatty is so excited about.
And, sure enough, there is ONE blossom on that plant:
It will be obvious to anyone reading this that Chatty knows nothing about growing fruit, vegetables, or flowers. But, she is fairly certain that there should be MORE flowers on any plant if it is to bear MORE fruit later.
So far, she has had TWO blossoms on one plant – yielding one cherry tomato (that has turned RED she would like to remind everyone!) and one tiny sibling – still a pale, sickly green.
And, she now has ONE blossom on another plant.
She can discern NO blossoms at all on the other three plants.
At this rate, Chatty is glad she only spent a dollar for each plant – because by her reckoning, she will be lucky to reap 3 (small) tomatoes for her five dollar investment.
Which, come to think of it, is wiped out by her purchase of Miracle Gro.
Del Monte and Hunt need not quake in their boots for fear of competition…