Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Tomato Bush

How's your summer going? Ours right now is nothing but rain. With tropical storm Debbie sitting in the gulf we've had a lovely few days of constant downpours (as of this summer we were close to 10" of rain and Tampa was over 15"), lost power, flooding and tornado warnings (in other words I didn't really sleep last night 'cuz tornados freak me out!). The Sky Bridge in Tampa is also closed due to high winds. I've never really thought about it before but how crazy is it that they have to close a bridge because they are worried about cars being blown off of it!

Besides a very full pool and a lack of sleep, the only issue we've had is some minor water leakage around some windows that the company that put our new roof on has to come and fix. We luckily have not been near any tornados and everything has appeared to calm down so I'm hoping to sleep tonight.

The one thing that seems to be super excited about this weather is a tomato bush near our driveway that we did not plant. We have no idea where it came from but it just keeps getting bigger and bigger!

It started little and we were able to stake it with some pvc pipe

But then we came back from New England and it was crawling onto our driveway. The PVC pipes were not cutting it anymore.

So we headed to Lowe's and picked up some metal fence posts and wire so that we could contain the beast. Nate hammered in the posts in a triangle around the bush and then wrapped wire around the posts so that the tomato bush would grow up instead of out.

This also meant that all the tomatoes were no longer laying on the ground. This was about a week and a half ago. When I checked on it yesterday, it was as tall as the stakes! I honestly have never seen a tomato plant this big and what's even more crazy than its size is that we have not watered or fertilized it at all. The only thing we have done is continue to stake it up.

I'm really excited for all the tomatoes we're going to get but we have no idea what type they are so we just keep checking them to see if any seem ripe.

Despite how much our tomato plant likes this weather, I'm hoping for a little sun tomorrow so we can get rid of this water logged feeling and allow for the flooding of the roads to go away.

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