Okay, in reality I know this is not an impressive photo of a bunch of mostly green baby tomatoes. But here is why I’m impressed:
Three days after I planted this little plant, a ground squirrel hacked her right in half. (For no reason I can see! Grrrr!!!) topped her right off.
I didn’t have the heart to throw her into the compost bin. So I just left the crime scene as is for a couple days. Then one day I took that broken top and stuck it into the ground. (My thought was after it withered up, it would be easier to throw out). BUT SHE DIDN’T DIE!! She took root and started growing. (Okay maybe some of you knew this was possible but all my years growing tomatoes, I’d never tried this and had no clue it was possible!!) I harvested my first sweet, ripe sun gold tomatoes from her yesterday.
If a body-less tomato head can take root and grow and be productive...well, to me, it’s a great picture of resilience and determination. She’s loaded with fruit. I would’ve just tossed her out. Nothing in me said she’d grow. But here she is!
And, it’s true. Every time I pass that plant in the garden I’m reminded to NOT GIVE UP! See, even tomatoes can teach us something if we pay attention! #lessonsfromthegarden #iftomatoescouldtalk #dontgiveup