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Ohmigosh, I’m so excited. This is why I am continually so impressed with Nature – I have baby tomatoes growing on my kitchen windowsill!
How cool is that?
This little stem from a tomato plant that’s growing outside broke off recently. So following Claude’s advice (Claude from Random Rants and Prickly Plants blog), I decided to stick the stem in water to grow roots. But I didn’t expect the plant to actually produce tomatoes!
But there they are! Three so far.
I love it!
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A few months ago on the Internet, I read about using toilet paper rolls for vegetable seedlings. The idea was that when they were ready to plant, you could stick the whole unit in the ground, as the cardboard would decompose.
Sounded handy, so I gave it a shot. This was the beginning of the experiment, transferring from the mini “greenhouse” (a plastic apple container from Costco) to the rolls:
The tomato and basil seedlings handled the transition well. Aren’t they cute?
The toilet paper rolls did not handle being watered very well:
They broke apart immediately. In my case, it didn’t really matter because I had already put them in plastic saucers which held the seedlings in place.
But over time, they got pretty disgusting. Here is what they looked like after I took the seedlings out of them:
I thought I had better photos of the damage – they got a little fungus-y due to the moisture. Super gross.
I wouldn’t recommend them to anyone.
The plants didn’t seem to mind, however. I don’t think they were in the rolls long enough to become damaged. Here’s how they looked shortly after planting:
The moral of this story is that lots of things sound good on the Internet but don’t necessarily translate well into real life. Or I buy really cheap toilet paper. Or both.
I’ll be back manana with an all-new Ask the Experts panel. I’ll also have a new plant puzzler, as well as an answer to last week’s puzzler in which I asked if this plant was real or fake:
If you haven’t yet submitted your guess, you have until midnight tonight MST (that’s 2am EST) to do so. Leave me a comment or write on my facebook wall with your answer. There are lots of imaginary prizes at stake. Oh, and glory. Lots and lots of glory for those who play.
Hope to see you back here.