CORONAVIRUS INFO PROVIDED BY DR. JIM HARRIS – 07/11/2021
SHORT ARTICLE OF GREAT IMPORTANCE FROM JAMA:
(J. Harris: A short but important read.)
A TRUE STORY ABOUT AN APPEALING TOMATO PLANT
I’ve been a little short of time and temper lately, partially because a young tomato plant that is especially dear to me has not been doing well.
“Milton” has had a rough existence; shortly after his uneventful transplantation into my rural garden, he was attacked one night — dug up, mauled, and partially eaten — he says by a large wild hog. He describes “a boorish feral boar hog who bored into him with slashing teeth and massive tusks” and who scattered bits and pieces of adolescent tomato about the newly planted garden. But, not one other plant was disturbed in any way, and frankly (just between you and I) it is more likely that the dog actually dug Milton up. However, the gentlemanly (and frugal) thing to do was to believe Milton and try to console him while digging remnants of his fragile body out of the rain-soaked mud and cautiously performing a semi-sterile replantation.
Much to our mutual delight, Milton slowly recovered and, in fact, reestablish himself with three slowly growing stalks. To be sure, his nearby buddies overshadowed him as they produced prodigious numbers of beautiful tomatoes that have already demanded 3 different days of canning by my Norwegian housekeeper. Early in his recovery, Milton sired a couple of tomatoes, but they were small and deformed and were almost immediately attacked by noxious bugs. A Dr. Sevin made a house call, and we were able to “tone” little Milton up, all three of him. Now, tall, dark, and green, Milton looks much younger and fitter than his larger, but tired contemporaries and has “blossomed out” prior to producing new tomatoes.
I hope for more tomatoes and for happiness for little Milton (s). My daughter, who saw him at his worse, is actually returning to our Texas ranch from California, just to see him one last time. Please wish Milton and, really, all of us — well.
I should send you a picture?
Jim Harris, MD
Certified by Tomato Specialty Board of Texas
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