Three red tomatoes

Three red tomatoes

Three red tomatoes

Some three or four months ago the Englishman and yours truly started a little veggie patch.  Daydreaming of our own organic veggies while preparing the soil for the little seedlings in their trays watching us, and who eagerly awaited their transfer into the rich nourishing earth.  Well, that was three or four months ago.

We watched in anticipation as the seeds we planted sprouted, like proud parents we encouraged them, fed them and hovered over them.  The first picking of fresh healthy spinach leaves became our dinner one night and we ate with gusto.  BUT, and why there always has to be a BUT in our lives I will never quite understand.  Disaster upon disasters struck our veggie patch with a vengeance!

Slowly the tomato plants were eaten just underneath the soil where our searching eyes could neither see nor find the culprit and every morning another tomato plant had joined its siblings in little tomato heaven.  Our lush green spinach turned a crazy reddish colour, the leaves crispy and horribly hard, the beans hardly 20 centimetres high died without ever having seen the light of day properly and the rocket leaves curled like some old fashioned hair perm gone wrong!

And … we felt like the 1820 Settlers whose fields of wheat had turned to rust which will eventually turn to dust as the search on the internet provided the answer, our veggies have some horrid disease called ‘rust’ and this is slowly but surely killing the fruits of our labour.

The only surviving tomato plant before its final decline into oblivion, blessed us with three tiny red tomatoes, that is it, three tiny red tomatoes other than the one and only bunch of spinach we devoured with pride and gusto. 

The Englishman and I agreed without hesitation that flowers may not necessarily be edible but beautiful bountiful flowers in all colours of the rainbow will soon grow where we failed miserably.

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