Thursday, August 25, 2005


Here's our tomato plant growing into the sky--it's about six feet tall now--and here's one of the two--count them, two--tomatoes that it has yielded to date.

At first I thought that we were too high up for many bees or other bugs to come around and pollinate the flowers, because there were plenty of blossoms, the plant was growing strong, but none of them developed into tomatoes. They all just dried up and fell off.

As the plant got bigger, however, something else began to happen: the blossoms began to disappear. We aren't here all day, so I can't verify this, but my current theory is that the birds are, for reasons unbeknownst to me, taking off all the blossoms. Barky, our watchdog, has no idea what's going on either.

To be fair, it's not like he could get to the birds even if he did know what was going on. It's not like we can leave him on the balcony all day. The kids who are out there, the tortugas, are not much use either. Depending on the birds, the turtles may be prey as much as the blossoms are.

Anyway, we'll see if these two tomatoes make it. Next year, netting.

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