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2 1/2 quarts of tomatoes with no work

 
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This plant was growing all summer.  Out the side of someone's house, in a tiny strip of side yard, pretty much neglected.

A few days ago I noticed they were just sitting their rotting.  I took a bunch, maybe a cup of them.  Soooooo good.  

The plant had no stakes, no one did anything for it, it had weed competition, grass.  It just kinda sprawled, and sprawled and then spread some more.  It was never pinched for suckers, nothing.  It didnt have full sun or even half, right butt up against the wall of the house.  

I usually don't like cherry tomatoes but these were sweeter than beefstakes, plum, even from the farmer's market.

It was going to frost tonight, so I went out with this cute pail my partner just scored and picked the green ones.  And picked, and picked, and picked.  I kept finding more and more and more.  And then more.  Even more ripe ones split but not yet moldy---soooo delicious.

The only hard part was harvesting them all.  Sigh.  My life is so hard.

The system works! For anyone who's doubting, maybe this image can be a pick-me-up.  I'd just been reading Fukuoka, really nature does it best.

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Joshua,

Nice haul for a single plant.  It amazing how much food even a small garden can produce!

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"really nature does it best."

So true.  In an area that we had our mini cow and horse last year, a nice volunteer pumpkin vine sprouted in July. It was a little late for a plant like that, but we let it grow.  In the end we got 4 pretty pie pumpkins.  I'm excited to cook them this fall/winter.  
 
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My Mum lives in an enviable climate because she gets occasional RAIN in the summer whilst I just get drought. I water and water and barely manage any cherry tomatoes to eat, whilst she just picks cherry tomatoes growing across her lawn, fence, anywhere and all without her ever watering or caring for them. And she didn’t even plant them... the original seeds were either pooped by a bird or escaped from a neighbour’s yard. She leaves enough behind to self-seed and repeats the next year.
 
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