October 12, 2011

Fingers crossed




I have high hopes for this year's lot of tomato plants. Last year, I attempted to grow some from seed and had them in a plastic growhouse that heated up like the surface of the sun on hot afternoons and the little seedlings fried. The year before that, I bought six Early Girl plants. Five of them died from mysterious causes, and the one that survived produced fruit but none of it ripened.

This year is going to be different. I've got about eight grosse lisse and four sweet 100 toms that I have nurtured, possibly more than I did my own baby, from seed. They are all still alive, and sit on the windowsill in our lounge. They've survived being pricked out and repotted and now all I have to do is harden them off by putting them outside during the day and in again at night time before I finally transplant them to their new home in the front flower garden on Labour Weekend.

There is just something about home grown tomatoes. I love walking around the garden at Postie's parents place in Auckland pinching out the laterals, the smell of tomato plants on my fingers. The smell is absolutely divine, and like cut grass, really evokes summer for me.

So please pray for the health of my tomato plants. I am hoping that they will escape disease, survive the wind, evade pests and not smell good to the chooks.

2 comments:

Mrs Govier said...

Marigolds are good to plant with pretty much any plant, as they keep away white fly....I think thats what they keep away?! Anyway they also look pretty. I've planted my toms with marigolds and they're always been pretty successful, tho by the end of the season when I'm a bit over watering them everynight they tend to get other mysterious illnesses.....

lovestitches said...

I hunted round half of bloody Wellington to find Sweet 100 seeds before I fond them at the Warehouse of all places. Trying my hand at tomatoes for the first time this year. There's something so evocative about that tomato plant smell...
I'm going on the theory that if I plant a ton of seeds then surely at least one plant will survive and thrive. I hope the survived your chooks.