Well, it’s official I am now a farmer. Yep, I decided back in the spring to buy one of those upside down Topsy Turvy tomato planters and plant a tomato plant. I dreamt of a huge harvest of tomatoes to share with the entire neighborhood. I knew in no time at all I’d be enjoying fresh tomatoes on my hamburgers, making homemade salsa, and who knows, I might could even start my own ketchup business. My tomato plant was going to be the envy of all farmers in the area.
I have cared for my little tomato plant, even making sure it was cared for while I was out of town. Finally, after nearly 4 months of watering, fertilizing and loving my little tomato plant, it produced… its one and only tomato. I’m just not sure what I should do with the monster I’ve created? Who knows … maybe feed the world?
Yip, that’s it. About the size of a marble. I put the army man there so you could get an idea just how big this baby is. Needless to say … I’m officially retiring as a farmer.
Now if you’ll excuse me, I’ve got to go find my salt shaker. I’ve got a tomato to eat.

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I am a Christian husband and father, who moonlights as the minister for the church of Christ in Childress, Texas. My wife Lea and I have been married for 25 years. We are doing our best to raise our 4 boys, who are all growing up way too fast. Read 1182 articles by
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  1. jel says:

    OH WOW!

    now that is A tomato! way to go (City boy) :)

  2. L.C.T. says:

    Haha that's hilarious. It does look delicious though!!

  3. Tucker says:

    Don't quit your day job! Thank you to all the farmers in the world who know what they are doing to deliver us great, high quality food! Did you know, God was the first farmer? Look at His garden!

  4. kim says:

    Don't give up Trey. My Grandma, who was spent her fair share of life gardening, says she tried one of those Topsy Turvys and she got zilch. So you actually out farmed a farmer 😉 Try a garden box next year. They are easy to make and mantain and you will get better results.

  5. Anonymous says:

    The Dad in this house had a very pretty tomato on his, could wait to pick it, brought it in and the other side had been eaten by birds, or squirrels. He's got another little one on it now, and it is still blooming. Now he is a real farmer. gmj

  6. Lori says:

    Cute picture :)! Here in Tipton, the hanging ones haven't made, but neither have the typical in-the-ground ones. Just not the year for tomatoes, I suppose.

  7. Hannah Grace says:

    Not everyone is blessed with a green
    I've never been much good at gardening either :)

  8. Lana says:

    You made me laugh twice today!! Thanks!!!

  9. Janice Garrison says:

    Don't feel bad Trey, I can't grow anything either and sometimes my artifical plants don't even survive. Thankfully Larry has a great green thumb.:)

    And look at it this way, you got another story out of it. LOL

    (I'm thinking DVD's)

  10. Stoogelover says:

    Did you use a wide angle lens to capture that?

    We put in a couple of plants for those little tomatoes and one plant for regular and they've all three been very productive and delicious. We'd thought about one of those upside down things, but with your testimony I think we'll stick with the regular plants … the way God intended.

  11. Anonymous says:

    Have a friend who yesterday said she has one of these plants and it has grown so long they can't hang it any higher, and she has doubled the branches back up and tied them. What tomatoes that are on the plant are very small, and she didn't know if they will get anything worthwhile. It certainly seemed like a good concept, and the pictures are very enticing, but now I know I will not try to get one. Sorry for your experience, but don't give up on farming just yet. Two or three plants in the ground will produce all the tomatoes you and your neighbors will want.

  12. Susan says:

    Hey Trey, One tomato is better than no tomatoes and it will be the best tomato you have ever eaten. Now my husband wouldn't care at all if the plant made not one tomato at all. He can't stomach a tomato. Who knows? You must try try again–I promise it will be better next time. However, my advice is to plant it right side up like God intended. There's just something not right about an upside down tomato.

  13. nb says:

    :) I love tomatoes! Love your attempt at growing them. Ha!

    I don't think anyone anywhere has had much of a tomato crop this year so don't feel bad. Maybe next year!

  14. Liss and MOMMY says:

    Sad sad sad man…

  15. vanilla says:

    What Lori said. Plants are producing like mad, but the ripening, well, that's another thing.

  16. Donna G says:

    somehow my lack-luster attempt at growing flowers suddenly seems spectacular…..LOL

  17. cwinwc says:

    Your picture reminded me of the movie, "Toy Story." Perhaps your tomato is screaming, "Medic!" :)

  18. Amy Gunkey says:

    lol too funny! My mom and I created our own Topsy Turvy without buying the nonsense from Wal-Mart and it's created many cute lil 'maters!

  19. Peter P says:

    Our gardening skills are terrible… but things go the other way for us.

    Our tomato plants grow like weeds, we really can't control them. Last year they started bearing fruit in July and wouldn't stop until November!


  20. Cornelius Crew says:

    IF you want more tomatoes, stop by next time youre in canyon! I've got tons! You know though, to grow really good veggies you have to do it in the alley like our Dads!

  21. Laura says:

    I'm sad to say that you did much better than me–I planted over 15 plants and came up empty handed (and I live on a farm, how sad is that?).

  22. Anonymous says:

    My garden didn't produce well this year(first year I've had a garden here,we moved to Pampa in March.)I was wondering if it had anything to do with the bee's,I haven't seen any this year.But I've also heard that this summer is ranked 15th in coolest on record,and I'm sure you've heard that tomatoes need lots of heat.I love reading your comments,I was thinking it was just me and my poor excuse for a garden.

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