Sunday, June 5, 2011

Weed Weed Tomato?

It's amazing what can pop up in your garden when you least expect it.  Tucked between my Westerland rose, a lost liatris, and a vigorous clump of verbena I found a tomato plant. I'm serious! Bent over pulling grass and invading trumpet creeper shoots, I suddenly  had this deep and profound thought. It went something like this, "Hey, that looks like a tomato." However, not having bought a tomato plant or even any seeds, I yanked it from the soil and threw it unceremoniously into the grass with the rest of the weeds.

At that point, my Holy Sh*t! alarm went off, so I grabbed the plant and took another look. It's a tomato plant probably from a tomato that was fed to the worms that created the compost that is currently fertilizing my Westerland rose. In their coffee grind fueled sex-sleep-eat-poop existence, they forgot to eat a tomato seed and my mystery tomato was born.

Phase One: Complete denial that there's a tomato growing next to my rose. I took this picture after I had pulled up the tomato plant, which explains why you can't see it. It's not there.

Phase Two: Stick the tomato next to the carrots and thin out the carrots while keeping an eye on the tomato to see if it morphs into anything else, like an eggplant, or a beaver.

Phase Three: Buy a pot, more soil, and transplant tomato. Wait for actual tomatoes to appear....

9 comments:

  1. They always pop up in the strangest places. Today I weeded out four of them, all barely over three inches tall. They slip in from the compost, but end up like yours, next to some pampered plant.

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  2. It is great that you decided to keep it. I had a surprise tomato seedling come up in my rose bed last year, and it ended up to be the largest tomato plant I ever grew. It produced so many cherry tomatoes we had a real glut. By summer's end I couldn't see my roses anymore, just tomatoes everywhere :).

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  3. Nature wants this tomato to grow! I hope it does. You'll have to keep us posted and show us the results of your salvage operation : )

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  4. sweet surprise! we had a volunteer (what was thought to be) pumpkin or watermelon plant in the flowerbed....turned out to be a squash!

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  5. Haha! I hope it turns out to be especially delicious! Mystery tomatoes are fun.

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  6. Your post is so funny. I can't wait to see if your plant morphs into a beaver. We have tomato plants appear all the time. Last summer one came up in the flower beds, and my husband staked it. It produced the best tomatoes in the garden. I have those "oh no" moments weeding too. I maintain that weeding is the most highly skilled job in the garden. I have to stay focused on identifying each plant I pull.

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  7. Everyone - Since this a Tomato Sent From God, I bet it will be awesome! I'm excited and still shocked to have it join the party. It's funny to learn that the same thing has happened to other gardeners, as well. I wonder what will grow if I start throwing chocolate chips into the compost... :o)

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  8. I had a similar experience to Masha's with Cherry Tomatoes. I'll never plant them again because they were just too plentiful. And they kept re-seeding, year after year. If you love Cherry Tomatoes, that's a good thing. But I prefer slicing Tomatoes. Yum! Good luck, and keep us posted.

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  9. Jennifer@threedogsingarden
    What a great surprise. As always you are too funny! Of course, the true miracle would be if it did indeed turn into an eggplant or even more amazingly a beaver.
    I take a bet it will produce the best tomatoes. Having usurped the carrots and acquired its own real-estate in your garden, it seems destined for greatness!!

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