Tuesday, March 27, 2012

The Little Tomato That Could, End of March

It is now the end of March, and here is how "The Little Tomato That Could" looked last weekend.

For those readers new to my blog, this tomato came up in our Southeastern Virginia garden last November, and we have been raising it as one of our "rescues" through the winter.

It seems to be recovering nicely from the burns it got from growing too close to the fluorescent bulb Don had put in its winter trash-can growing space. It really likes the outdoors and the sunshine it is getting on the garage side of our house. We put it up against a brick wall to give it a little extra shelter and heat at night, too. It is even trying to flower. We really didn't harden it off, but that doesn't seem to have hurt the tough little plant.
flower buds

I must admit I was pretty skeptical when Don declared last November he was going to try to save it. Now I am hoping this seedling of unknown heritage will produce some decent fruit. If so, we'll definitely have the earliest tomatoes in our neighborhood!

The weather has turned cool both last night and tonight, so we've brought the tomato inside for safekeeping. It will go back out tomorrow, though, when the high is supposed to be back up in the 70s and lows in the 60s at night.
more flower buds

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