Not So Secret Garden

By realitybites · Aug 13, 2014 ·
  1. Penelope and Siddhartha ~ Sid for short because he is...

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    I have two tomato plants which I transplanted into containers to grow on my porch this past July. Very late in the season—a risk. It was an impulsive thing—to start a tomato garden this year. I was inspired by a new friend of mine who is a master gardener/scientist. But so far things have been running smoothly. I named them Siddhartha and Penelope. Siddhartha—because he looks like a compact Buddha sitting all stoically in a green tote—like a Zen garden. Penelope was named after Penelope Cruz—my favorite actress.

    Penelope is a Phoenix heat resistant determinate hybrid. This photo was taken right after I transplanted her into her tub on July 27th:

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    Penelope this morning ~ Just 17 days after transplant:

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    She is now two feet tall and has one tomato and many blossoms. She is really thriving:

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    Sid is a basic container tomato determinate hybrid—bred to thrive in containers but suitable for the garden as well:

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    He has one large tomato and another few small ones. He also has many blossoms:

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    I will keep you posted on their progress with regular updates.

    Update 8/15: Both Sid and Penelope each have three tomatoes. I couldn't be more thrilled.


    Update 8/16. Penelope now has six tomatoes! Sid? still three. Come on Sid!

    Isn't she lovely...

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    Update 8/17: Sid's large tomato is starting to ripen.

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    Update 8/19: Penelope has nine tomatoes and is almost three feet tall.

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    Sid's large tomato is ripening nicely. Weekend bruschetta for one?

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    Update 8/21: Just a few more days.

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    Update 8/22: Succulent Sid.

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    Update 8/25. Anticipation.

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    Update 8/28: Penelope has 22 tomatoes and dozens of blossoms. Sid has 3 tomatoes and close to a dozen blossoms.


    Update 9/5: Penny has thirty tomatoes. Sid has twenty.

    Look how they have grown in the last three weeks...


    August 13:

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    September 5:

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