There is nothing better than a vine ripened tomato in the summer. I have dreams of having some fresh tomato sandwiches with homemade bread, a few leaves of basil, mozzarella cheese, and sliced fresh tomatoes. Unfortunately, Kristen hates tomatoes with a passion so I rarely get to partake in this delicious summer snack. Last summer a student of mine brought me a small basket of cherry tomatoes that her mother grew. I ate all of them before I made it home from work.
So when Kristen thought it would be a good idea for us to grow a tomato plant on our balcony, you have to believe how shocked I was. I have been so excited ever since. I check on it 3 times a day constantly wondering if it needs more water. I even have named the little guy - Tom Tomato. Tom's pretty freakin' awesome! I personally think it was a ploy for Kristen to get me more involved with the garden and growing plants. It definitely worked!
EDITORIAL NOTE from Kristen: I'd just like to go on the record that John begged for the tomato plant like a kid in a checkout lane and he has yet to water it in the month we've had that stinky plant.
Tom has been growing like a weed and the teeny pot he was in was not helping his growth spurt. We needed a much larger home for him. We were walking through Goodwill today and found this pretty sweet Monday Night Football tin for only $1! One man's trash is another man's treasure! It is the perfect size for Tom and he has plenty of room to spread roots.
We punched 3 holes in the bottom of the tin for water drainage and then spray painted it a not-as-eye-catching green.
Now I know what you're saying. Why would you guys want to paint over a piece of history. I mean, this is a piece of Monday Night Football memorabilia. I thought the same thing until I remembered that ESPN bought the rights and now Monday Night Football is only aired on cable television depriving millions of Americans of football on Mondays. Cheap bastards, I will paint over you!
Anyways, I digress. The new green pot looks lovely with the other pots and fits perfectly on our balcony. I see many flowers starting to appear and I am very excited for tomatoes.
Do you have any good suggestions for the tomatoes? I was just going to make a lot of sandwiches but I would love to hear some of your delicious ideas.