Attack of the Killer Tomatoes

One of my dearly departed boyfriends was a great gift giverÖboy do I miss himÖcuz he gave me the gift that keeps on giving. He was one of those special males who actually listened when I dropped hints about what I wanted for my birthday and one year surprised me withÖ.a compost turner. Now you may think thatís a present no modern city girl in her right mind would relish, but I happen to have a green thumb. I hate to admit this, but I used to subscribe to Organic Gardening! Okay, okay my sordid past also included subscirptions to Wired and Cosmo…so don’t judge me. I was overjoyed with the compost turner, especially since he assembled it. So I immediately began saving eggshells, all the salad cuttings and even collected seaweed from the beach to throw in. (If you try this at home, rinse, rinse, rinse the seaweed) Not only did I feel virtuous for saving the environment, but in six months I accumulated enough compost to have the garden of my dreams.
This year, as a horticultural experiment, I decided to plant all my tomatoes in pure compost. It’s either a combo of the massive rain or the compost…but I now have KILLER TOMATOE plants. Last week I measured and they grew an inch in one day! I put them in on March 2nd and they are now taller than me!!! (Iím 5í8.) Iím deep in green tomatoes now and by June I should be swamped with ripe red ones. That might be the perfect time to call him up for a get together involving some monster tomatoes, buffalo mozzarella, basil and a little tube steak!!!

6 thoughts on “Attack of the Killer Tomatoes”

  1. yo! can i ask where you got your compost? pots or in the ground? i need to grow killer tomatoes and need advice. thanks tammara!

  2. I filled huge pots with the home-made compost and that was it!!! They are on my deck and get sun about 3/4 of the day. The compost is a mixture of lots of vegetable refuse, eggshells, seaweed and some mulch I got from a friend. The actual tomatoes came from the farmers market in Hollywood. There’s a guy there who has lots of varieties.

  3. If you don’t have one already make note to have your next gift-centric boyfriend get you a digital camera. Must. Have. Pictures!

  4. You’re right Will….and I have a dig cam with me all the time….the minute I posted that I thought….now why didn’t I take a pix of that sucker! I’ll try an update when I get home later!

  5. I predict that by June you will also be swamped by a number of new friends dropping by to claim home-grown tomatoes.


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