Monday, June 4, 2012

Poetry Monday: Tomato!

La Tomatina in Spain - an epic tomato food fight!


Happy Monday!!

Today we have an update on my upside down tomato, how is it doing, I know you've all been wondering. :0)

But first a tomato poem by Chilean poet Pablo Neruda (NeftalĂ­ Ricardo Reyes Basoalto):


Ode to Tomatoes
(translated by Margaret Sayers Peden)

The street

filled with tomatoes

midday,

summer,

light is

halved

like

a

tomato,

its juice

runs

through the streets.

In December,

unabated,

the tomato

invades

the kitchen,

it enters at lunchtime,

takes

its ease

on countertops,

among glasses,

butter dishes,

blue saltcellars.

It sheds

its own light,

benign majesty.

Unfortunately, we must

murder it:

the knife

sinks

into living flesh,

red

viscera,

a cool

sun,

profound,

inexhaustible,

populates the salads

of Chile,

happily, it is wed

to the clear onion,

and to celebrate the union

we

pour

oil,

essential

child of the olive,

on to its halved hemispheres,

pepper

adds

its fragrance,

salt, its magnetism;

it is the wedding

of the day,

parsley

hoists

its flag,

potatoes

bubble vigorously,

the aroma

of the roast

knocks
at the door,

it’s time!

come on!

and, on

the table, at the midpoint

of summer,

the tomato,

star of earth,

recurrent

and fertile

star,

displays

its convolutions,

its canals,

its remarkable amplitude

and abundance,

no pit,

no husk,

no leaves or thorns,

the tomato offers

its gift

of fiery color

and cool completeness.


Mmm-mm tomatoes! I can almost taste 'em. 

For those who remember the upside down tomato saga we have an update! 

After planting the upside down tomato and questioning my scientific intelligence I called my father to get the reality check on the type of fertilizer I'd put in the potting soil. My father you see is a commercial vegetable grower . . . after I first described what I'd actually done with the plant, "You planted it upside down?" he asked. 
"Yes."
"Oh."
I said that I put manure in the soil I got this, "Steer manure? Oh, that's good stuff."
"Yay! So my tomato will give me loads of fruit?"
"No."
"What?"

Remember the N-P-K on fertilizers? It stands for Nitrogen Phosphorus and Potassium. Each of those aids in part of the plant growth and can be remembered like this: Up - Down - All around. N is for leaves (up), P is for roots (down), and K is for all around plant health, like fruiting. 

Basically I just dumped a bunch of leaf incentive on my tomato, which if it were in the ground would be no big deal because soil has much more micronutrients in it than potting soil. *sigh* Though while I did just give it loads of poop, the tomato is doing excellent. As you can see from the photos below we have flowers (that have yet to open in most cases) and the plant has doubled in size! 

Since it is June now and it'll take anywhere from 60 to a million days to get mature fruit we're looking a a tomato filled August, or September, or October . . . I think I'll start researching green tomato recipes. 

May 6th - look at that sun! It, like the organization of the hose behind it, has disappeared. 


Today - look at it go!



First of the blooms. Aaaaaalmost there.


Most blossoms have yet to open like this.

The other blossoms look like this. Just kidding, it is its neighbor Mr.Foxglove. :0)




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