I have a problem. Too many tomato plants. Its a huge problem.
Actually, I was trying to be clever. Years ago, before we had the farm, I had a garden. In my garden, I raised 18 tomato plants. I thought this would be enough to feed 4 adults and two vegetarian teenagers. Well, just so we’re clear: the cherry tomatoes never made it into the house because the teenagers would swipe them right off the bush. And the big boys made it to the table daily. Whatever was ripe that day went right onto the table, so there were never any left for turning into sauce or salsa. It turns out, my people eat a lot of tomatoes. I mean, they eat A LOT of tomatoes.
So, because I now have a farm, and I now have crazy loads of space, I went a little nutto. I bought about 12 variety of tomato seeds. And to ensure I would have plenty of starts, I planted 6 seeds of each variety, thinking the germination levels might be off. Hmm.
Everything came up. I have approximately 80 tomato plants, even after having culled the herd. Whats more, my six people is now two people most of the time. We still love tomatoes, but there’s a limit to how many two people can eat. Thank goodness the vegetarian teenagers (Stubborn Girls) will come to our rescue for a few weeks in summer.
So I’ve been giving away a few tomato plants to close friends of mine. I’ve even offered some for DONATION basis on craigslist. But even with all of these crazy tomato starts there is a part of me that zealously guards them. I worked so hard, for so long, to get them to where they are. And they are gorgeous! And they smell amazing. You will just have to visualize the aroma of tomato vine wafting up to your nostrils right now, that fresh green smell that makes your mouth salivate just a little as you can almost taste the sweet acid of its delicious fruits on your tongue…
Did I mention, I really REALLY like tomatoes!