Wednesday, July 14, 2010

$50 Tomato

Last night at dinner we ate:

Black Bean Burgers w/ cumin salsa ketchup, lettuce, 3 paper thin slices of the $50 cherry tomato, a side of roasted oven baked sweet potato "fries" and some melon.  It was beyond yummy.  It...

yes, that's a "$50" in front of "tomato".

The thing is, I bought 3 tomato plants this year and potted them on my back deck.  I slide them from L to R each day to follow the sunlight around.  It's fun stuff.  It's worth it though, because I knew I would get to enjoy the fruits of my labor in the form of fresh tomatoes.  I figured each plant should produce about 10, giving us a nice spread of around 30 tomatoes over the course of the growing season.

I figured the initial investment of $50 was OK.  Had to pay for the plants.  Had to pay for the pots.  Had to pay for the potting soil.  I can reuse the pots & such for next year... won't that be fun?

And.  Fun is not where my head is at right now.


The 'EFFING squirrels ARE MAKING ME INSANE!  They steal the fruit right off the plants right as they begin their turn from deep green to "yellow green".  We've YET to see anything grow large enough or ripe enough to eat.


The ('effing) squirrels have trouble stealing from the upside down tomato plant though, so one of my plants has been spared....  it's not doing the best though, and it's a Cherry Tomato Plant.  It gets a little less sun light b/c I can't move it all the time.  


So here you go....  if you ever wondered, this is what a $50 tomato looks like.  If the plant produces another one, I can drop that down to $25 a piece.

7 comments:

Allie said...

Ha ha, I feel you. I spent about $25 on basil seeds, pots and soil and when I went out of town my hubby forgot to water them and move them so basically what didn't shrivel up and die my dog ate. At least you got a $50 tomato out of yours. LOL

busyrunningmama said...

Wow, that stinks!
I just bought the upside down deal at Walmart ( on sale for $2) It comes with a pot and both cherry and regular tomatoe seeds ( one for the top and one for the bottom) my hope was to hang it on the porch ( which is screened in) but after reading this, I am not sure it will get enough sun?? Hmmmm - right now I am just trying to "sow" the seeds and get them to frown into 4"-5" plants so I can plant them in the upside down thingy....I have a very brown thumb...I figure I am only out $2 if this all goes terribly wrong.....

Julie said...

Completely HILARIOUS!!! if it makes you feel any better...i spent 60 dollars on a garden that has grown me ZILCH, NADA, NOTHING! I need to work on my gardening skills!! hope you enjoyed your 50 dollar tomato!!! :)

kat said...

Sorry to hear that, my prob when growing veg was the local cats and slugs!

Anne said...

:) :) ...all that work...poor you, but lucky squirrels.

Lady Em said...

next year try using a very small grade chicken wire. you can make cages to go over your tomamtoes...not the cages that just prop them up but a protective shield against the scavengers of the neighborhood!

Night said...

Sorry to hear about the squirrels.
I guess for them the fruit of your labor is a blessing. hehe
Poor you, can you figure out something to guard your plants from those squirrels? With all the work you put into caring for those tomatoes, it must have really upset you, when you can't even enjoy the fruits yourself.