Thursday, September 22, 2011

UPDATE ON UPSIDE DOWN TOMATO GROWING -- SCREW IT!

In early August I wrote about the thrill of my first tomato harvest.  Yes, it was only NINE cherry tomatoes, but they were fresh, organic tomatoes for Foghorn to nibble to her heart's content.  Then I waited for more...and waited...and waited...

I'm still waiting.  Oh, I got lots of lovely little flowers which promised to turn into tomatoes and then didn't.  I also finally had another full-fledged tomato sprout about a month ago and I've just been waiting for it to turn red.  The little b*astard won't so much as blush for me.

He's taunting me, I swear.

Does it really take a month for a tomato to turn color?  Much to my shock, this week I see that there are two other little tiny green tomatoes on another vine.  Of course, if I have to wait as long for these to redden I'll be picking them in the snow.  Which, of course, reminds me of my other problem --- namely the upcoming cold weather.  Tomato growing season is almost over and I've had NINE lousy tomatoes for all this time and money.  I have this overwhelming urge to grab a tennis racket and whack those little green Chihuahua testicles right across the yard.  Not that I'm bitter...

A friend told me her husband bought one of those commercial upside down planters last year and didn't get a thing.  I got the pitifully small eight from three tomato plants.  Now, I know there are people who grow them successfully upside down  Not being a gardener I can only speculate that maybe I needed a bigger pot with more soil, but since my current planters already weigh enough to make wrought iron bend I'm not inclined to try to hang anything heavier.  My personal opinion on upside down tomato growing is...well... I'm trying very hard to control my profanity around the children these days, so I'll just simply say "it stinks."


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9 comments:

Kathie said...

Profanity schmanity! Let loose ;-D !

wifeofanairman said...

We've given up our garden entirely. I've just got too much going on. Instead, we order weekly from an organic coop and have the produce delivered to the house. Sooo much easier!

lillianscupboard said...

Since the same Sweet 100 plants did well here in the ground and not in a container, I'd say that's the way to go.
Mom

Angie said...

I wanted to try the same thing, then while visiting my cousin in Kansas, I saw her neighbor had them. She said they sucked and never produced. I'm wondering if anyone gets them to grow???

Heavenly Blossoms said...

Hey at least you tried!! And it made for a great post!! I had a few giggles..:)

SITS sister in the house ;) Following you now! :)

Marcy said...

I'm determined to have a garden next year. I've never had one. I did try potted tomatoes one time, and I only got a couple of cherry tomatoes.

Sandy said...

I do square-foot-gardening and have great success with tomatoes. Never tried the upside-down approach, and good thing to since I'm not hearing very good results from it.

Stopping by from SITS Girls :-)

JDaniel4's Mom said...

This doesn't sounds like a product I need to try.

Darlene's Quilts and Stuff said...

We grew 3 large plants in the flower beds and only produced about 12 tomatoes that the rabbits didn't attack from underneath. I hope to do better next year. Don'd give up your tomatoes will come.