Tomato Is King
Tomato plants are a staple of any respectable vegetable garden, and ours was no different.
Last year, though, I finally gave up.
Giving Up on Tomato Plants
Having battled critters, weather, insects, blight, shade, dropped fruit, and on and on, it was a rare year when we harvested more than a dozen tomatoes. After so much effort for so little return, I decided to relocate some flowering perennials to inside the garden fence, and buy my tomatoes at the farmers market.
It made economic sense.
But, there was a trade-off. I missed the taste of sweet, sun-warmed baby tomatoes plucked straight off the vine and popped into my mouth. I missed the pungent smell of the bruised leaves and stems as I picked the fruit.
And, how about that happy optimism when you spot the first golden flowers promising a prolific return of fruit?
Beefsteak, Roma, Sweetie, I love them all in their own ways.
Needless to say, I’m busy propagating a few plants to try again this year. Maybe this is my year for a prolific tomato harvest.
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