Monday, June 9, 2008
Time for a two week update on the Tomato Tree. Everything has been going fine, with one notable exception. One month after I received the Tomato Tree and two weeks after I had planted it, I got a letter informing me of a safety issue with the Tomato Tree Stand. It appears that the legs of the stand have a stability issue. If the stand is moved, the legs may fall out of place causing the entire tree to come crashing down. Lovely!
Included with the letter were instructions on how to retrofit the stand to make it stable. What wasn't explained was how to remove the legs of the stand while it supports 6 plants and 15 - 20 pounds of water soaked potting soil. Since I can't figure out how to retrofit the stand without a 3 person crew and a small hoist, I've taken to surrounding the base with heavy potted plants.
Adding to the adventure(danger) is the fact that we've been going through some extremely fierce (read windy) weather here in the upper Midwest. So you will notice that I have also attached a couple of bungee cords to the top of the stand in order to hopefully keep it upright.
The plants themselves are growing at a spectacular rate. None of the six plants have died, so I'm trying to decide if I need to cull the herd in order to ensure maximum yield. Any ideas?
Here are a couple of photos. If your local paper runs a story with the headline, "Local Man Killed by Falling Tomato Plants, Embarrasses Family", you'll know they're talking about Crabby.
This is the first time I've had to wear a helmet to garden.