Tuesday, December 17, 2013
What Gardeners Do in the Winter
Late this fall, I discovered a volunteer tomato bravely starting out life in the garden. It certainly had no chance in life just sitting in the soon-to-freeze ground, so I transplanted it to a container and put it in the sunroom.
Later, it got too cold in the sunroom, even under grow lights, for such a tender plant, so I moved it into the kitchen where it could sit atop the dishwasher and enjoy the heat, humidity, and companionship available. It also got to enjoy a grow light I have hanging in the kitchen.
So here we are. December 17. Snow outside on the ground, temps below freezing, and I have a tomato plant that desperately wants a garden. It has the beginnings of little buds on it and everything. And I still can't bear to throw it out, even though it is behaving as if I live in the temperate zone rather than the frozen north.
Chances are about 50/50 that I will succumb to my desire to garden and wind up dragging a large container into my foyer after Christmas to see if I can let this tomato plant continue to grow. I am sorely tempted by the idea of getting a cheap pole lamp and a few extra grow bulbs, just to give it a fighting chance. At the rate this is going, my little tomato plant really wants to bear fruit in February. I just might let it.
And that is what gardeners do in the winter.
Posted by Jennifer Lorenzetti at 7:49 AM