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Planet Earth

Stony Ground

Cosmic VarianceBy cjohnsonApril 9, 2006 11:31 AM
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Time for a gardening picture, methinks. Well, this is so odd I thought I'd share. A while ago I spotted a weed growing out of the steps out at the front of the house. This happens a lot, which is fine. What does not often happen (in fact, it has never happened before) is that I reached to pull it out and noticed that it is an unusual weed, but familiar-looking. I touched it, and immediately could detect a distincitve smell - it is a tomato plant. A tomato plant! Well, of course, I could not bear to do anything to it, and left it there thinking it would eventually run its course and die. Well, I had a look the other day and it is getting really big and healthy! Thing is, I've no idea how it got there. I've never had tomato plants or seeds out at the front. How come it just started growing there spontaneously? Bizarre. You're welcome to make up your own explanations at this point. I can't think of a plausible one. Since it continues to do so well, I decided I would transplant it to the back garden where I actually do have tomato plants, but now it is stuck in the steps, and I cannot pull it up. It is well and truly stuck. Surely it can't grow any more without damaging its stem.... I've no idea what is going to happen. -cvj

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