Last summer, fellow blogger KK offered to send me seeds of vine tomatoes. She did. But because the typhoon season came early this year, I postponed planting the seeds. Speedy saw the packet one day, planted the seeds and, before I knew it, there was a vine growing.
But tropical typhoons are no joke. As typhoon after typhoon lashed across the country, I wondered if the budding vine would survive and if we would ever experience eating vine tomatoes plucked from our garden. A lot of the leaves withered and fell but, wonder of wonders, the vine survived. The tiny bright red tomatoes are so pretty that Speedy had been using them for his still life photography practice.
I still can’t believe how easy it is to grow them and how hardy the plant is.
The ideal set up is to let the vine climb up a trellis. But if you have no place for a trellis, you can embed sturdy bamboo sticks into the soil and the vine will wrap itself around them as it grows. The support — whether in the form of a real trellis or plain bamboo sticks — is important because the stems of the vine are too soft to hold up on their own. And when the tomatoes start to grow, they will weigh down the vine some more. So, support is imperative.
I don’t know exactly how long it took before we started seeing little green orbs that turned red and redder day after day. But it was so exciting to see the tomatoes growing. In my mind, I was giving an imaginary finger to the businessmen who sell these tomatoes at such a high price. Now we don’t need to be victimized by them because we are growing vine tomatoes and we can eat them without spending a single centavo.
Thank you, KK. Your thoughtfulness and generosity have certainly brightened up our garden and our dining table.