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Top-heavy tomatoes and 5’+ corn

Saturday was my grandmother’s 88th birthday.  We had a wonderful time talking and laughing over dinner and cake– my grandparents, mom, aunt, and my grandparents’ neighbor.  Such a great time and such a wonderful reason to celebrate!

As we left our house to go to their house, I noticed that my tomato plant had collapsed and come un-staked!  I hadn’t imagined it would have grown this much or branched as much as it did, and I had only two stakes… which were not nearly able to hold it up at this point.  Later that night, I propped it up as best I could since I couldn’t do much else with what I had.  This entailed a bunch of yarn and trying to tie each branching loosely to the stake (somewhat in the middle) and hoping that the weight would even out the plant.  It seemed to work… for a bit.

By Monday morning, the plant had collapsed again, still tied to the stake, but with the stake leaning heavily under the weight of the continuously growing plant.  So, since I was running errands, I tacked another stop onto my to-do list and bought six more tomato stakes– five very tall ones and one short.  I left the house at around 3pm and we got home a bit after nine… It was dark, but in the light of the single light bulb outside our door, I cut all the yarn I’d so carefully tied over the weekend and carefully staked each individual branch with the tall stakes.  I then added the two smaller ones onto the most crooked-ly growing branches so these branches were doubly-supported.  I had one tall stake left over, which I’m saving in case of any more issues– or when the cherry tomatoes seem to need it, whichever comes first.

I’m happy to say that, on inspection this morning, the whole tomato plant is growing tall and straight!  Yay!! I’m very happy.

And the peppers continue to grow… And the corn is taller than I am!!

Pictures to come.  It’s been quite a day and I’m far too tired to upload, but wanted to at least make sure to post tonight.

Goodnight, everyone!

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Outdoor Concert. And Tomatoes.

On Saturday, I went to a Craft Fair/Concert sponsored by Jesus Alive Ministries (there’s actually a few more of these Jesus Fests coming up if you’re in the Long Island area).

I went because it was a gorgeous, sunny day and I happened to wake up feeling pretty good– which is rare lately as my neck has continued to bother me after the car accident.   I also went because I knew my friend Tommy-Lee was performing.  Tommy-Lee, Emily (his now-girlfriend) and I had performed together this past October in Godspell.

Emily, far left in the red dress (that she made herself!); Me, center sitting on the table; Tommy-Lee, far right

I got there about a half hour before TL went on, so Mom and I perused the craft fair.  No offense to anyone, but I didn’t buy anything.  There were some very beautiful things– mostly handmade jewelry, but nothing that really spoke to me or took my breath away.  And soon it was time for TL to sing!

Tommy-Lee at JesusFest

Now, other than in Godspell, I’ve never heard TL sing– so I’ve never actually heard his own music.  I’m now looking forward to purchasing a CD as soon as I get some available cash.  He performed a bunch of original songs as well as a couple of covers.  Definitely worth a listen!

I also realized that Crossing Jordan was performing and I remembered that Gina, who I had met at church, sang with them.  I was glad to see her again as Gina is one of the sweetest people you could want to meet and her joyful spirit is infectious.  As the band set up, I also realized that I had met the bassist, Jarett, at church also.  They played a really great set and I was so excited to get to see them as I’ve been trying to make it to one of their shows for a while, but have never seemed to be able to for one reason or another.

Crossing Jordan at JesusFest

In addition to their Facebook fan page (linked above), you can check them out here.

After several hours of good music, sun, and tasty food (veggie pasta salad with feta cheese!), we finally set home where I spent most of the night in air conditioning.

Amazing pasta salad, made by my mom! Including my yummy new friend feta cheese.

Lots of sun and heat doesn’t always sit well with me, unfortunately.  And due to nice shady trees and cool breezes, I hadn’t realized quite how hot it had been at the fair (90+ degrees)!

Back to Emily for a minute, because despite my skipping over her before, I was not just mentioning her because she is TL’s lovely girlfriend.  Instead, she’d mentioned that she’d seen pics of my awesomely tall corn online.  I mentioned that the tomato plants were getting very tall also, and were flowering, but, alas, no fruit yet.  She asked me what kind I had planted and informed me that I shouldn’t expect real tomatoes until August.  I remembered that I did note that when I’d planted them, but when I saw the flowers so soon, I’d expected things to move along faster.  She told me not to worry!  I’d get my tomatoes.

So, this weekend, as I watered and pulled out a weed here or there (it’s been too hot for anything more substantial), I gave up my daily check-for-tomatoes garden routine.

And yesterday, when my good friend molecular sheep came over, he spotted something:

I told him that I’d been concerned because a lot of my flowers looked like they were dying or drying out.  I knew the plants were getting enough water and wasn’t sure what was happening.  And then he told me something that novice-gardener-me didn’t know: that after pollination, the flowers will start to die in order to start producing fruit.  SO exciting! So now I’m rejoicing in my first little green tomatoes– and all the possibility that dead flowers may hold.

Here's a better picture.

Biggest tomato so far!

So biggest doesn't mean "big"-- but still so exciting!

So maybe there is a dual lesson here:
1) My tomato plants don’t like being watched.
2) Sometimes when something in your life looks dead, it’s a reminder that there’s something wonderful still to come.

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