Category Archives: Garden Plants

Discussion of plants individually or in combinations in the garden.

A Creative Way to Kill a Tomato Plant

I thought I had killed a plant just about every way possible. Overwatering and underwatering both can kill. Planting too deep, and planting too shallow can be equally lethal. Tractor tires running over a plant are more than a little detrimental.

The wind and hail flattened a few. Freezing temperatures can be brutal and so can excessive heat. Misadventures in transplanting, such as dropping an unsuspecting plant on the floor upside down in its pot, have been terminal events for some plants.

The list goes on and on. As I said, I thought I had completely explored all ways possible to inadvertently murder plants. However, that was before I spoke with my daughter on the phone yesterday.

She reported that they had managed to electrocute one hapless tomato plant! Yeeks! How on earth do you electrocute a tomato plant?

It seems they recently acquired two cats that showed excessive interest in the seedlings. The logical thing, to my daughter, was to build an electric fence around the seedlings to deter the cats.

You have to understand this is the same daughter who nearly gave me a heart attack in Arizona when she was in third grade. I had foolishly bought her an electronic lab kit to further her education. She also had an extensive Lego collection.

I was totally unprepared for what happened one peaceful hot afternoon when I went to the fridge to get some iced tea. Opening the door activated the electric eye on the lab kit on the bottom shelf.

The lab kit began a high pitched squeal and turned on the electric motor for the Lego contraption on the next shelf. The motor rotated an asymmetrical arm which clanked on the shelf at every turn, at the same time operating a pulley system. The pulley system made a red plastic lobster bounce up and down on the top shelf.

This event greatly reduced my regard for the values of education. Fortunately, I survived the experience, unlike the tomato plant.

The fence worked beautifully to discourage the kitties, but calamity struck when one tomato somehow fell on the fence. The current fried the poor thing. Maybe that one died for the greater good of the others, as the cats otherwise would have destroyed them all by now.

Add one more way to kill a plant to the list. And what, may I ask, is your most unusual way of causing the demise of a plant?

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