I started growing tomatoes late last year. It was just an accident. I didn’t know Hubby squeezed the seeds of a ripe tomato on a vacant plant pot. Few days later, I’ve seen plants growing on the pot. I thought they were just another set of marigold seedlings. But as the seedlings grew, I noticed that the leaves were totally different from that of marigolds. One of the 7th graders who lives with us told me that they were not marigolds but tomatoes.
Among the seedlings only one plant completely grew and matured. The rest died and outgrown by the one who matured.
After waiting for several weeks, the plant started to produce flowers. I added more cow manure as fertilizer. But after waiting for more weeks, no flower became fruit. All the flowers just dried up and fell to the soil. I was not sure if it was caused by the cow manure I added. Later on, I read somewhere later on that too much cow manure would make the soil acidic.
I no longer expected to harvest any fruit from the said plant so I started to grow another set of seedlings. This time, I was the one who fell some seeds on another vacant plant pot. I didn’t bury the seeds because I was still waiting for them to dry up. But lo and behold, seedlings sprouted and that time it was larger in number. Â By the way, I didn’t transfer the first plant to the ground. But that time Â I Â decided to transfer the new seedlings . I waited for them to grow a little more. That was the time Hubby noticed the two little tomatoes on the first plant.Â I was very happy and excited when Hubby showed them to me. My hope that more fruits would be coming out arose.Â Everyday I checked on the plant if another flower turned into fruit. Unfortunately, until the two tomatoes became ripe and the plant died, it yielded no additional fruit.
As the tomatoes grew, I noticed that the main branch of the tomato plant has started to fall. Hubby re-located the plant pot near a bigger plant and twirl Â the main tomato branch on the bigger plant. I don’t know that time that it needs to be caged or staked. When I learned it, the tomato was already matured. So the alternative Hubby thought was to lean it on a stronger plant for support.
So what happened to the new seedlings? I’ve transplanted them to the side-yard of the church. The soil was not really soil but more of a sand but nonetheless I transferred them hoping that they would grow better and yield more fruit.
I also requested Hubby to help me built a stake to support the growing tomato plants. Not all the seedlings survive though. Some were infested but there were two plants which remained healthy. I think the pest were aphids because the leaves started to curl. I don’t know then that they were being attacked by pest. I thought the curling of leaves were due to too much heat.
The two plants are now full blown tomato plants. Tomato plants grow so fast. They have currently 14 (supposedly Â 16 but two fell for unknown reason) young tomatoes and more are still coming out. At first the flowers were also drying up and falling. So I prayed for them to give fruits (Oh yes, I pray for things like this ^___^). After few days, the flowers started to become fruits. Some plants which were infested by aphids were slowly coping up. But they are not growing upward but side-ward.
I’m using banana skins and egg shells for fertilizers. I am waiting for seaweeds to be available in the market. I read somewhere that seaweeds are also good fertilizers. And oh I use the water from rinsing the rice to water the plants.
Currently these tomato plants are my stress-busters. I enjoyed looking at them in the morning and counting their fruits. I am praying that they will continue to grow despite the kind of ground we have.
This accidental tomato-grower is enjoying this new experience.Â What about you? What new experience are you enjoying right now? By the way, I ate the two first tomatoes, I noticed some difference on the taste. Was it because they were organic?