It had been mildly suggested to me that I write something about ‘the tomatoes’. Hmm..., to be honest, I can’t really imagine writing anything very imaginative about tomatoes. However, our tomatoes have been receiving rather a lot of attention lately - from Megan specifically, who has been spending what seems like hours relocating them several times a day (the pots are on wheels, which makes them somewhat mobile) to try and catch the most hours of sunlight. Some days, this has been a thankless task because there hasn’t been any – sunlight, that is. We have three ‘bushes’, in pots, one of which looks like something from Jack in the Beanstalk. It’s taller than Megan.
To date, we have picked one rather small, greenish, yellowish, pinkish cherry tomato, which we carefully cut in half and gobbled up – even though it wasn’t quite ripe. I suspect that if you factored in the cost of labour involved etc., that little tomato probably cost about $50! There are lots of little tomatoes on Jack and the Beanstalk, but they are still very, very green! Yes, this is our first attempt at growing tomatoes, so we didn’t really know what to expect. They have been loved, nurtured and admired, and ‘taken’ to the sun, and watered when necessary. Maybe they’ve decided they don’t want to be eaten, so they’re stubbornly clinging to their ‘green-ness’ as protection.
Meanwhile we have purchased a container of very nice tasting grape tomatoes – juicy, red, and sweet, for just a few bucks and no labour! But then, the most satisfying (or fulfilling) things in life aren’t necessarily the things we acquire the most easily are they?