I am delighted to introduce to you the latest addition to my household, Rivington. Announcing his existence on here puts serious pressure on me to actually keep the little chap alive, which, given my track-record, will be a serious challenge. Rivington, in case you hadn’t figured it out, is in-fact my brand new tomato plant.
Yes. I have named a plant. Reasoning? Well – besides the fact that I have a habit of naming everything and anything, I felt that giving him a name would make me a little more attached to the fella, therefore giving me more motivation to keep him in the land of the living. I’m not a deliberate plant murderer, they just don’t seem to want to survive in my care. So with this new year, I am stepping out of my comfort zone and trying new things – starting with adopting Rivi.
Rivington, aptly named after one of my favourite haunts, has made a home upon my balcony, much to his delight, as I am pretty sure his feline sisters, Ginny and Bundle, would be more than happy to nibble on his extremities, given the opportunity.
I wholeheartedly hope that in the future I will have an actual garden in which to grow a wider range of vegetables, herbs, and pretty pretty flowers. My mum is living this dream at her villa, so I have taken to hanging out there in her garden and pretending that it’s all mine. My grandparents (both sets) have always grown their own veggies and, I must say, there is nothing quite like eating produce that you have harvested yourself. Alas, a balcony tomato plant will have to suffice for now.
This was supposed to be a relatively short post but I appear to have babbled my way into a fifth paragraph. I definitely write how I talk. ie. Too much. Anyway, this weekend, I will be heading on down to Dubai Garden Centre to pick up a new home (pot and tray) and hopefully some plant feed for Rivington. If you are reading this and happen to have any tomato-tastic tips for a novice grower like myself, then please leave a comment! I’ll be keeping you updated on his progress, and will hopefully (fingers crossed), be posting some beautifully fresh tomato-based recipes in the not too distant future! Wish me luck!