You see in the Spring, I bought two tomato plants from my local Lowe's. One was a Lemon Boy and the other, I thought some smaller variety (not quite cherry-size) of red. I planted them in a patch of dirt alongside my driveway and actually kind of forgot about them.
So much in fact that the one was trailing along the ground quite vigorously before I knew it and I had to buy a stake sooner then planned. I have taken to tying them up, watering them on the weekend; but that was about it.
This is why I was so surprised when I really took the time to step back and pay attention, this is what they looked like. This is only one plant; but the other is just as big.
It is enormous, at it's statuesque 4 foot tall and is so wide that I can't reach around it. I'm surprised the lowly stake in the center has withstood "semi-tornadic" windstorms that are prevelent where I live.
Just this past weekend, I picked off two tomatoes. One was baseball size, the other a tad-bit smaller. I did forget to take a picture; but will surely do so next time. When I told my parents that the plants were huge and had tomatoes all over it, I don't think they expected this.
...much less this...
All in all, between the two plants, I would have to say that I have about 40 tomatoes growing and little yellow flowers still popping up along the vines.
Oh and by the way...what I thought was a smaller red variety, turns out to be a large red variety.
What have I learned in my first year of gardening. Plant them and forget them, they survive better without us babying them.
Can I offer anyone some tomatoes???