Though I have been gardening for many years, I find that there is always something new to discover when I pay close attention to what is going on with my crops. It is September 24th and as usual, my tomato vines are in decline. They have repaid me for all my efforts; my tender loving care and for the expenditures I've invested on their behalf by producing beautiful, tasty fruit in abundance. I love this sense of accomplishment that comes along with the harvest.
My thinking is, we will have our first frost soon and that will kill the vines quickly. I would cause an early injury and demise should I attempt to lift them from the supports. It's better to let them be and mature what fruit they can until then.
What has amazed me most is the strength of plants sustained growth and reluctance to give in to the affects of diminishing sunlight brought on by the changing of the seasons.Compare this picture to the one below here of my normal tomato vines.
This group of vines are the ones that produced the giant fruit you can see if you choose to click on this active link which will take you to one of my blog posts where tomato pictures can be viewed. They are still producing those giant tomatoes as quickly as they possibly can.
I'm sorry about needing to use the above link but somewhere along the way I did something that caused me to lose the tomato picture files I used to create the linked to post above. Chalk it up to declining brain performance due to advanced age.
I am currently doing what I can to save as many seeds from these vines as possible. It requires a special process to save tomato seeds properly and I am following instructions closely. I do not want to lose my possessive grip on these vines. I bought them once and hopefully that will be the last time. These vines have many good qualities about them. They need to be preserved for the gardening world. It would be a terrible thing to lose this genetic line.
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