Friday 28 February 2014

Pagan Eye: Miraculous Tomatoes

Here is a photo of my miraculous tomatoes.

Living in England, I wouldn't expect to be able to get tomatoes ripening at the end of winter. But, the photo above was taken yesterday.

Last spring I sent off for a free packet of tomato seeds being offered by ketchup maker Heinz, but it arrived after the recommended planting time. Being generally an optimistic kind of person I planted the seeds into propagating trays anyway and popped them in my window.

It was close to the end of summer before the plants were big enough to put into pots. When the nights started to get colder I brought the plants into my porch. Being covered in glass and facing the morning sun it is a good place for greenery to thrive, despite friends shaking their heads and saying I was wasting my time. It was much too late in the year for vegetables to grow, they said.

The tomato plants stayed there all over winter. OK, I admit that was more due to laziness on my behalf, but I did still hold out a hope that perhaps there was a tiny chance they would produce a crop.

And they did.

I now have about a dozen small tomatoes on the vines, a couple of which are ready to eat. I am going to enjoy a cheese and tomato sandwich for my lunch today, made with my very own miraculous tomatoes.

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