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Not too long ago, I stuck that cherry tomato plant in the ground and I also put the neglected sweet potato in the dirt too after I found it growing an extensively long root. Well, here’s a quick update!
Both plants are doing exceptionally well given the intense heat, the late evening waterings, and staying vigilant about the flea beetles that are trying to make the cherry tomato plant its buffet table. Here is a photo of what the cherry tomato plant looks like right now. Big batches of cherry tomatoes, too green for eating. I just hope the weight of them doesn’t cause the batch of cherry tomatoes to snap off!
If you have a tomato plant, you may have noticed these pesty little black beetles that really are no bigger than a speck of dirt. Lo and behold, one day, I tried to take away the dirt but instead, it JUMPED! I freaked and took a closer look and our adorable giant cherry tomato plant was covered in them! I WAS NOT IMPRESSED.
One thing about me: if it’s mine, it’s mine and if it’s my cherry tomato plant that my child has been taking care of, then no one is going to try and make a meal out of it. I quickly thought of a way to get rid of these black flea beetles (I had to google to find out what they were). There are holes in various leaves and I am irritated. Thankfully, there’s white school glue in my home and I came up with a great way to get rid of those black flea beetles: I poured myself some white school glue into a small container, armed myself with a few cotton swabs (ie. Q-tips) and went about poking the flea beetles and disposing of them into the glue. With the glue on the cotton swab, there is no chance those flea beetles can hop away to eat another leaf.
Day 1 of my glue attack was gross but each day, there have been progressively less flea beetles eating at the tomato plant. I also took the advice of my resident work green guru who instructed me to make a diluted soap and water solution (using a green liquid dish detergent) and sprayed the leaves. Thankfully, the tomato plant was quite huge by the time the flea beetles attacked. Had it been a younger plant, the flea beetles could have killed the poor thing. Apparently, flea beetles enjoy tomato plants, broccoli, cabbage and a few other plants. Sweet potato is obviously not on their menu since the sweet potato plant is completely intact even though it is right beside the tomato plant.
The sweet potato plant is also growing bigger and bigger. There are so many leaves now! It is really quite impressive!! I still can’t believe all those leaves grew from that one neglected organic sweet potato that I never had the chance to stick in the oven to make sweet potato fries. This has turned out to be a very interesting learning experience for me and my daughter.
Okay, that’s all the updates for now. Will keep you all posted on how the gardening adventure goes!