Well, how could I refuse? All I had to do was walk in the front door, grab a little green plastic basket, and then walk out the back door and wrestle with the huge plant for a minute or two. It begrudgingly surrendered more than a handful of juicy, warm, sweet and ripe little red orbs.
Back in July, this plant was a root-bound half-price leftover at the local nursery, but it was in a gallon bucket so I had hope for it. That day I also purchased a root-bound zucchini plant and a really really really leggy regular tomato plant, both in ridiculous little 3-inch plastic pots. I felt sorry for them. And I can’t resist a 50% off sale, can you?
The Hole. I had dug a huge and perfect hole in the sunniest spot in the middle of my backyard, right next to the freshly painted, avocado green, 150-gallon propane tank. This hole was intended for a pretty little rose bush that has been living in a 3-gallon plastic bucket for a couple years now. I had dug the mighty hole 18 inches deep and two feet wide and added all sorts of yummy amendments including delicious 2-year old homemade compost. But the lady at the nursery warned me against disturbing the roots of a rose in mid-summer, and I always listen to the lady at the nursery, and so I bought the three sorry little plants to keep the hole warm ’til rose planting time.
I loosened their roots and plopped ’em in the big ol’ hole and watered the heck out of them. I gathered large stones from the edges of Marty’s 2-mile dirt driveway and made a nice little ring of stones around my miniature vegetable garden. I installed an extra-large-size tomato cage over my new little friends.
During the remainder of the summer, before school started, I tended them regularly, watering and encouraging them and arranging and tying branches through and to the cage. They thrived. Now that school has begun I visit them about once a week and I have watered them maybe once in the past month. The zucchini gave me a couple nice fruits before it became buried by the cherry tomato. I haven’t seen the “regular” tomato plant in quite a while. As for the tomato cage, well, it’s been completely engulfed and knocked over and beat up by the big bad cherry tomato plant. I think it likes it’s new hole.