Wednesday, 23 September 2015

Weedy Wednesday

In spring, Äiti attempted to nurture little seeds she had specially ordered as suitable for subarctic climates. She covered them with lids to keep them safe from clumsy paws and curious teefs. And the odd peemail. She moved little seedlings, still protected in propagators to the catio and brought them inside each night until the frosts had gone (that's in June!). She planted out the stronger ones and stuck in sticks to support their growth. And the rewards ? Well, in total - from about 15 tomato plants, she got maybe fifteen of these green lumps which are allegedly fruit. Oh, how we laughed. There's no sign of any red on them, and in fact they might make very good gourds. Or toys. Was it worth it ? Well of course not, and we could have told her that.
So next year we wish that she spends all this effort on a more worthwhile crop........
And she asks, has anyone grown their own valerian root ? Now that is worth investigating.......

11 comments:

Sanni ja Olivia said...

We say try valerian. Not that we know anyone who has grown it, but tomatoes - sheesh. What's a kitty to do with that?

Angel Prancer Pie said...

Grow catnip. Tomatoes are way too fickle!

Summer said...

Ditto on the catnip. If my human tried tomatoes here, she'd wind up with a bunch of rotting, fruitless plants.

When the Cat is Away said...

Hahahaha! Make sure Äiti is not as stupid as our Mom. She had these green tomatoes at the end of summer and was desperately hoping that they'd turn red. Nothing happened.

Some months later she was seeing the person she got the seeds from... and told her that the tomatoes never got red. "Eh - you know that this was a green breed, don't you?"

Anonymous said...

Yesh PPP.
My servant eats only vegetables - and he is not very healty or even sane. Is he stupid? I think, that Äiti should grown up mousies or yammy little bird babes.
Lilla-Ebba

Anonymous said...

All is not lost yet!

http://www.viherpiha.fi/kasvimaa-ja-hyotykasvit/raaat-tomaatit-kypsiksi

Anonymous said...

Oulu is barely sub-arctic.
Were the seeds from a Finnish or Swedish vendor? If not, try them next. They presumably have a better understanding on what might work than a random internet vendor, etc.
Also, were the plants on South-facing warm nook or a cold corner on the North side?

Flynn said...

Aiti could use them for green tomato chutney! My mum said her tomatoes were a month later ripening this year, probably because it was such a cold summer. Valerian does sound better though.

Kari said...

We think Flynn's idea is perfect. Green tomato chutney would be a real treat!

amyjtoo said...

My tomatoes have been slow to ripen this year too, but I hopefully have a few weeks yet.

A valerian reference for your research: http://theherbgardener.blogspot.com/2013/04/how-to-grow-valerian.html

Mark's Mews (Ayla, Iza, and Marley) said...

TBT has been getting his heirloom tomatoes fer a couple months. We wish we could send Aiti some.