Wednesday, October 24, 2012

It's been raining tomatoes!

After the long break I was tempted to post 10 updates in a row but I managed to control myself ;). So here's a bit of a gardening update.

The plant that's growing in biggest numbers in my garden is the tomato - the seedlings just pop out of my homemade compost, and I literally threw away many as I didn't have enough space for them. Here are a few of these beauties:




Cutting off dead leaves and branches is a good way to nurture these plants. I find that even in plants that look completely worn out with a lot of dried leaves, pruning brings them back to life by generating lots of new foliage. Of course I do not manage to do it regularly so don't have the best results, but I'm slowly learning and trying to be more diligent about it. In any case, these are short lived plants with a life span of about 3-4 months, after which you will see the size of the tomatoes getting smaller and not many flowers coming up.

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  1. It has been raining tomatoes in our garden too - it just sprouts everywhere from the compost. But it attracted monkeys and they had fun too! I refrained from pruning or replanting, letting them grown un-restrained, but it was not a good idea in a small patch.

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    1. Thanks for dropping in Jayadeep :)!
      Yes tomatoes and pumpkins/ash gourd are plentiful from the compost. Can't be as generous with the pumpkin as it's much more difficult to grow in a pot anyway so have kept only a couple, but tomatoes - there are about 9-10 plants on my terrace now.
      Ah you're growing on the ground, planning must be quite tough but results will be more rewarding I guess :)!

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  2. Wow those tomatoes are awe-inspiring. I can only marvel at them.. and hope I don;t kill my precious few greens.

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    1. Thanks so much Obsessivemom :) And Happy Gardening, you should try tomatoes too, they are not too tough except for the bit of support you have to give them.

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  3. Wow! These look great! Having a kitchen garden has always been on my wish list. Sorry for my hiatus, I am joining the "motherhood" club soon! :)

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    1. Thanks Sushree! And Congrats :) !!

      I've been on a small hiatus too, so here's to getting back in full strength soon ;) !!

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