Friday, August 19, 2011

The secret of the absurd tomato


Folks, that up there is my one and only tomato plant this year. It is an absurd size. Ludicrous, absurd, ridiculous. I have never ever grown a tomato this size. Peter (looking a bit ridiculous himself) is 5'11" tall, that gives a little idea how big this tomato is. And it's actually tipping over right now because not even the fence post we put in to hold it up is keeping it upright. It's the godzilla of tomato plants. This tomato is taking over, marching out into the yard bit by bit.


Just two months ago, that tomato was this size. Tiny really and I wondered whether I would ever see a ripe tomato off this wee little plant. Peter has now stopped counting how many maters have set. He stopped counting at 42. It seemed absurd to keep counting. Clearly this tomato is producing fruit.We've even had some ripen. Just this week in fact. I'd show you a picture, but, well, we ate them. Yummy.


I am pretty certain this is the secret ingredient to growing tomato plants to an absurd size. Yep, that's right. Cow poop, lots of cow poop. Miracles are made of cow poop. I am totally convinced.

Have a great weekend. Go get yourself some cow poop and see what wonders you can grow.

10 comments:

Colleen said...

LeAnn - this is amazing! Who knew what poo could do! I love Peter's Vanna White pose...

kelleysbeads said...

Next year, I will grow my own tomato plant and I will use cow poop for the same wonderful harvest! Hi Peter, nice to see him. Now for an updated pic of you saying hello? :)

Mellisa said...

Well, my only little green tomato was stolen by some type of critter poacher so there are no home grown tomatoes in my future :( Want to hop on a plane and bring me some of your extras? I'm not sure why I bother planting anything other than passion fruit since the critters eat everything else!

Patty said...

Love it! You're right - poop makes the world go 'round, for sure. Chicken poop, cow poop, it's all good. One of my friends even brings me alpaca poop from time to time, and I feel like the luckiest gardener in the world. Our neighbors once boarded a camel, and I got a few loads of camel poop as well. Some day I hope to grow tomatoes as tall as yours. :-)

windrock studio said...

LeAnn, I bet you are enjoying lots of tomato sandwiches thanks to this lucious plant! You are eating tomato sandwiches now that you're in the South, right?

Carol B said...

LeAnn - I hope you're listening to Guy Clark's "Home Grown Tomatoes" now and then. My uncle who lived in Charlotte grew tomato vines up an arbor. He had to get on a ladder to pick the 'maters from the roof. Maybe you'll need an arbor next year. :)

steufel said...

LeAnn - your plant is a liitle bit frighting:-) I had to look up the size - and 1,80 cm - oh my!

Laura Twiford said...

We used this exact poop to replenish our garden soil this year and also have a bumper crop of the most delicious Juliet tomatoes. It did wonders for the flowers as well.

Cindy said...

Hey LeAnn - what a tale indeed! :-) I enjoyed this post and had to grab my plant loving 10-year-old son to see our massive tomato plant. He was impressed just like me!

My Life Under the Bus said...

The tomato plant that ate the dog! lol - poo does make everything in the garden better - ironic isn't it?