Husband LOVES tomatoes, so we always look forward to whatever our plants produce to eat; this summer is no different.  But let me give you some background.  Two summers ago, we planted some sort of yellow roma tomato that was of the vine-y tomato variety.  What do I mean by that?  Well, our front garden looked like one giant, climbing, weaving weed, as the tomato plant grew and grew and took over EVERYTHING.  It was pretty embarrassing, to be honest.  I mean, we couldn’t bear to cut it back because we reallyreallyreally wanted the tomatoes, but it really did look awful.  Would you like a visual?

see how crazy this tomato plant was?!

see how crazy this tomato plant was?!

Yep, I know.

Last summer we learned our lesson and purchased a tomato plant of the bush-y variety.  It didn’t grow all crazy all over the (newly planted) garden.  It was great.

So this spring we planted a Super Sweet 100s tomato plant in a pot by our front door.  I could have sworn that Super Sweets were more bush-y than vine-y…but I guess I thought wrong.  Over the last few weeks, it was getting to the point where we could barely open our front door without being attacked by a tomato vine, and even our postman couldn’t close the mailbox because one of the vines had found its way inside.  Embarrassment repeating itself!

This weekend Husband said to me, “Wife, it’s time to take care of this tomato plant.”  We have an open grassy area next to our parking spots that still gets full sun, so I gathered three bricks for Husband and his brother to set the potted tomato on.  Surveying the situation, they visited the local hardware store and picked up some 8-ft stakes, dowels and twine to tame this tomato plant.  Then they got to work.

Let me just say, I was very nervous.  We live on a quasi-well-travelled street, and I didn’t want to be THAT HOUSE on the block with the crazy vegetable growing contraption.  (But wait, we were already THAT HOUSE with the vine-y tomato bush that took over everything…)  They fashioned a teepee shape, with two rows of horizontal dowels to provide additional support.  Want to see the result?

there's the tomato teepee

there's the tomato teepee

And here’s a close-up of the top:

a close up of the teepee and horizontal dowels

a close up of the teepee and horizontal dowels

Husband’s brother is a farming type guy and said that the vines were too densely packed and there were too many of them, which is why our plant had so many baby tomatoes that just weren’t ripening.  By giving the vines more room to grow and thinning it out by about a third, we already have half a dozen or so almost ready for picking!  And it’s only been 2 days!

that little guy will be visiting a salad veeeery soon

that little guy will be visiting a salad veeeery soon

There you have it – Husband’s genius tomato save (which really doesn’t look THAT bad!).  I still think it’s totally hilarious but it actually works…and hopefully will provide us that plethora of ‘maters we’ve been hoping for.  🙂  Do you have any embarrassing plants taking over your yard?!  Or genius plantings?

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