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A tomato grows in Petworth

by Prince Of Petworth July 25, 2011 at 10:02 pm 9 Comments

“Dear PoP,

It’s not a great picture, but I was excited to see a tomato plant in the plaza by the farmers market. There were some flowers on it, so it should have tomatoes if it gets watered.”

That’s some serious resiliency. Awesome find!

While we’re on the topic, if anyone has some particularly good looking tomatoes or other vegetables starting to ripen on the vine, please send a photo to princeofpetworth(at)gmail and say what neighborhood your from. I was a bit jealous of the group I passed below in Capitol Hill

  • Peachy

    I grew a tomato plant last year and each and every tomato was taken either by a critter or someone with sticky fingers. (I live on 15th Street.) I certainly learned my lesson! Sticking to flowers and herbs, although from what I read on this blog, those aren’t necessarily any safer from theft.

  • Anonymous

    Our backyard raised-bed garden is doing well. We had to put up some 3′ plastic green fencing to discourage critters, and I think they’ve mostly left it alone.

    Zucchini’s are the big winner this year, but the tomatoes did fairly well too.

  • Devoe

    That 2d tomato plant is suffering from blight and in need of pruning – same as last year, but you are certainly allowed to be jealous – envy is subjective.

  • Anonymous

    Squirrels took all my tomatoes. Little bastards. They like to eat half a green tomato per day, then leave the remains for me to pick up.

    • Eastern Market

      Same here! They could at least eat the whole thing.

  • CornholioDC

    I have the same problem with squirrels on all my plants. Any suggestions or fixes that do not involve fencing? Also, wouldn’t you need a cage of sorts (something with a top) to keep squirrels out?

    • SF

      Fox Urine. Comes in a shaker, apply it once every two weeks.

  • Anon

    “A Tomato Grows in Petworth” would be a great title for a collection of short stories.

  • Big Sherm

    i’m hoping to have a pumpkin one of these days, the plant is out of control but no real live pumpkins. also got some tomato and banana peppers starting to ripen. i planted a bit late but should have stuff in the next couple weeks.


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