I'm referring to the second tomato that's ripe enough to pluck off my indoor plant. Boy, this weak winter sun surely isn't enough for this endeavor to be very productive, but at this point it's just a test to see how long I can get it to stay alive. That it's still producing, is just an added benefit!
Unfortunately, several problem arose in the pursuit of the endlessly going tomato plant.
Annoying little white flies showed up and I had to spritz them away with a homemade and perfectly harmless spray I made of baking soda, water and a drop or two of liquid dish washing soap. Not certain they are all gone, but they have diminished quite a bit.
I should feed the plants, but I usually just top-dress my tomatoes with compost...the only feeding I like to do. My compost pile, however, is far off. No, it's not been moved. It's exactly where it's always been in the back 40. It certainly seems far more far off than in spring and summer though, I'll tell you that much! Besides, it's probably frozen solid. Won't be getting any of that.
So, what am I to do? I've been giving them Maxicrop powdered seaweed. I just add it to the water I use to water all my indoor plant and I water the plants as usual. Tom just told me I still have some ancient Miracle-gro hidden away, so I could do that too, but I'm rather reluctant to do that. It just goes against the organic grain, but I have to use it somehow. We paid money for it once upon a time, so I will use it...eventually.
So, I see now that there are a couple of other tomatoes ripening ever-so-slowly.
The plants are getting lanky, but they still get a few flowers which I pollinated. San the bees, I once again used my handy-dandy cotton swab, going from flower to flower and rubbing at each. I'm getting pretty good at this pretending to be a bee.