Whilst roughly chopping vegetables (I always take this instruction as a suggestion of attitude as well as indicator of dice size) for our tea (sausage, haricot bean and harissa stew, since you ask) I noticed that seed in one of the tomatoes had germinated (excuse the blurry photo, I was stirring the onions at the same time).

Well I never, what a world, sack all the gardeners, we are surplus to requirements.

19 thoughts on “Surplus

    1. That is what I thought too. Perhaps they have some kind of chemical mechanism that prevents them from germinating until they are in contact with soil. Except for this one, of course. This is why I am not a scientist 😉


  1. When buying fruit at the discount fruit-selling emporium, it is usually advisable to check the best before year as well as the other bits.

    But I will take your advice. Two more hours of gardening to do a week but saving £5.50 isn’t a bad bargain. I always thought her hourly rate was a bit excessive.

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  2. It seems that the modern varieties do that more. It was rare years ago, but is now more common. It gets a bit disconcerting when the new leaves emerge through the fruit. Years ago, we had an avocado tree that produced nice fat avocados with roots hanging from their bottom sides.

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      1. It is overrated. Sadly, most of the avocados grown in home gardens get discarded. Many people move into homes that already have the trees, and then do not pick them, or just can not pick all the fruit that the trees produce. The same applies to citrus and all sorts of other fruits.


      1. ? They do not look very appetizing like that. Those avocados got so big that we made jack-O’-lanterns with them when they ripened over summer.


  3. This is a bit unsavory, especially coming right after your delicious meal, but tomato seeds can germinate after making their way through the human digestive tract and then through a sewage treatment plant.

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