Earlier this week, I sadly gave up on the heirloom Brandywine tomato seedlings that I had tried to start..they just didn’t make it (it’s possible that the 6 foot fall they took from the porch railing to the ground below in a massive wind and hail storm had something to do with their ultimate demise…). My father called me this morning from the local Amish greenhouse to report that they had some nice looking Brandywine plants, so I told him to get me $10 worth.
“$10 worth, huh. Are you sure??” he asked with a laugh.
“Yeah Dad, just get whatever you can get for $10.”
And then he arrives a bit later, with my $10 worth of Brandywine tomato plants… all 48 of them. Forty-eight!
He tells me that when he asked the Amish owner to please give him $10 worth of the plants, the man smiled and asked him, “Why?”
Dad explained that his daughter had asked for $10 worth, so that’s what he was getting.
“Well, she must REALLY like tomatoes” the man said, laughing, as he handed over a flat full of 48 plants.
So 2 hours later, here they are all planted. The whole while, my father stands nearby giggling away as I plant 48 tomato plants. I admit that I actually was expecting 3-5 plants…really… and this is fairly ridiculous… but I plant every single one, and assure him that he will stop laughing later this summer when he gets to taste these beauties – they are the BEST tasting tomatoes on earth (in my humble opinion- and I really was never much of a tomato fan until I grew these last year). My rationale was this- for $10, I can buy 3 jars of salsa at the store, so I may as well spend it on the plants and get a FEW more jars of homemade salsa instead. Simple and logical, right?
Looks like I had better start stocking up on canning jars for salsa 🙂