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Thursday, June 9, 2016

Ralph the Tomato Update


Ralph the Tomato Update
RIP Ralph
I recently posted on the demise of Ralph the tomato plant.  Several readers remarked that they were not surprised as they have had similar disappointment with the “Topsy Turvy” system. 

Mrs. C had of course blamed me for not planting Ralph carefully enough.  She was sure I did not put in enough dirt, did not water well, and had probably broken his stem.  I was very pleased when readers reaffirmed my position that the “Topsy” system sucked and the demise of Ralph was not my fault.

Mrs. C takes great pleasure in proving me wrong, so she purchased another tomato plant, Ralph II.  I scoffed at her attempt; secure in the knowledge that based on my attempt and the unsuccessful attempts by several readers to produce a tomato by growing the plant upside down, clearly meant that her attempt would be futile.

Mrs. C planted Ralph II in the Topsy system.  I offered no help.  This was a week ago.  So far Ralph II is still literally hanging in there. 

Mrs. C is warming up her “I told you so.”

20 comments:

  1. Can you do something to sabotage it when she is at work one day?

    betty

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  2. Ralph the second appears to be in a different position on the porch, perhaps more sheltered from wind? if he survives and produces fruit, I hope Mrs C is kind enough to share.

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  3. Jim wants to know why the Mrs. Is always right. Of course it's the same way at our house. However I'm sure the tomato would be dead even with me growing it.

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  4. It's still early days. There is always late season blight, the cruelest because it hits just as beautiful tomatoes start to ripen.

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  5. Your wife needs to warm up her "I told you so". My wife is always locked and loaded with it. Just sayin'

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  6. So far so good but last year I had the most amazing tomato plants and loads of fruit (grown the conventional way) and they just refused to ripen - in the end they just spit and went black, no idea why so MRS C still has a way to go before she can say I told you so (although it has to be said she IS already doing better than you ....)

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  7. I don't think she can say "I told you so" until Ralph II actually produces tomatoes.

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  8. Nah. My bet is Ralph II is gonna bite the dust, too. My mother-in-law was an excellent gardener, and she tried the topsy-turvy planter one year, and hated it. It just ain't natural for plants to grow upside down! She never got a single tomato from those plants. (But just in case, you could always spritz the pot with some weed killer when you bride isn't around...)

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  9. It would be a shame if something unforeseen happened to Ralph II.

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    1. Wait, that sounds like I'm threatening your plant.

      I am not going to do anything to your wife's plant.

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  10. I still don't understand the whole topsy turvy thing. I'd probably pack it in as well if someone made me try to produce tomatoes with all the blood rushing to my head 24/7.

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  11. Yes, an "I told You So" is heading your way. I'm among the precious few who don't really like tomatoes. Best of luck to Ralph II.

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  12. Oh, dear. Ralphie even has a couple of blossoms. But only red, juicy, sun warmed tomatoes count.

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  13. Is Ralph II under 24-hour surveillance? Because MAYBE Mrs. C is not really "growing" Ralph II, but goes out each day and purchases a slightly bigger tomato plant to put in that Topsy Turvy contraption...

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    1. Because, you know, you might be so busy searching the house for Mrs. C's forbidden snacks while she's gone that you would never notice.

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  14. She must simply have "the touch."

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  15. If I were you, I'd prepare myself for that "told you so." And an M&M sandwich ('mater & mayo sandwich, in case you don't speak Southern).

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