Out-farmed by squirrels
Thursday May 26th 2016, 11:08 pm
Filed under: Food,Garden,Wildlife

The tomatoes. I browsed, ordered, planted seeds in March and transplanted them when the weather warmed up and did all the things you do when you’re pretending to be a gardener. I know you’re not supposed to plant them in the same spot from year to year; I didn’t have a lot of new places to choose from but thought here and here might be okay.

Turns out those were not the best spots for morning sun when the UV is highest; I was looking at them from my height and not seedling level. Direct sun doesn’t hit them till nearly noon. Ouch. Once the June sky gets going, though, I think they’ll grow tall enough to do okay. I just don’t want it to be ironic that this is the year I finally sprang for the heavy-duty Burpee cages.

Monday I think it was I stumbled across three tomato plants the squirrels had planted together by a tree trunk. I had promised myself I wasn’t going to waste water on any junk tomatoes again but look, that’s a cherry tomato on that one! Hopefully that could only be a Sungold offspring. Hopefully.

Except that it was starting to wither for lack of water because, I mean, who knew it was behind there? These had to have spent most of their lives in the shade. Clearly there’s hope for my own.

The next day I found a fourth plant in front of the shed. This one was smaller–the gas cylinder for the grill blocked its light. I moved the thing out of its way.

The one with all its leaves curled and withered is still standing and its tiny tomato is a bit bigger every day. How I don’t know. The other two in that trio bloomed today when they didn’t even have any sign of buds when I first found them. Water is a wondrous thing. I guess I’ll know soon enough if and which plant is worth keeping.

It turns out the way to get tomatoes to grow well is to plant them last year.

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I had to give up on trying to grow tomatoes in my yard. No where is there a spot that gets direct sun for the number of hours required for them to grow.

Comment by Jody 05.27.16 @ 2:07 am

The most prolific tomato plant we ever grew was one we did not plant. It came from a seed in our compost pile. My husband used it to fill a hole in the lawn dug by our dog…and that tomato bush, in the middle of the yard, was enormous. It produced an endless number of perfect looking grocery store cherry tomatoes–the kind that don’t taste like much at all! That was 16? years ago, I’ve never forgotten that plant. 🙂

Comment by Joanne 05.27.16 @ 10:53 am

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