August 7, 2011

Summer's Bounty - Rooftop Garden

I've lived in apartments most of my adult life, so growing a garden wasn't really in the cards. But we have relatively easy access to the roof in our current place and so I decided to try my hand at growing some tomatoes. I'd heard heat and humidity is what these delicious fruit love, and we have that down here in spades. So I planted an heirloom variety that my brother started from seed in a big felt planter my mom bought and let her grow.

I was thinking they would be safe from pests up on the roof, but within the first week a squirrel had eaten one of my two plants down to a stump. Bastard squirrel. He must not have liked the taste of the other plant, however, because he never even nibbled a leaf. The caterpillars do like it, but its been easy to pick them off. How did they even get up there?

Today I picked my first red tomato! She may be a little too green still on top, but I couldn't wait. She has been hanging around for a while but just reddened up over the past few days. Hopefully she'll ripen fully on the window sill. So exciting!!

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