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On 19 April, I bought some young Cherokee tomato plants. They were about, say, 12 or 14 inches tall? I didn't measure them. One was overly infested with aphids, the other was put in my planter box, a third was put in an eight-inch planter, and the fourth is, er, still sitting in its plastic cell. I think it's a goner.

Since that day (36 days ago), my Cherokee tomato in the planter box has grown about 20-something inches taller. I didn't really notice it until last week when I installed the shoplight with the fluorescent grow bulbs. In a few days, the top of the tomato plant hit the lights.

There are little flower buds--I'm just waiting for them to bloom so I can fertilize them and then start collecting tomatoes!

Holy jeez, I just thought; I'm going to have to buy canning equipment if I really want to start making pizza and spaghetti sauces to can and store. Or maybe I'll just get freezer bags and freeze the sauces. I have time to figure that out, I'm not harvesting anything from the plants yet!

Photo taken (probably) 5 May (that's at least when I put it on the computer), about two weeks after buying/planting the one tomato in the box. Not too much growth since I bought the plants, but a little.

Photo taken last Friday (22 May), I think. It would have had to have been after my first harvest, because the morass of beans has been tamed and the remaining bean plants are staked. I installed the shoplight last Sunday (17 May).

Photo taken tonight, 25 May. The "stakes" weren't working too well, so I used some twine and tied the stake and plant to the 4x4 post that holds up the lights. Plant height: 35 or 36 inches, depending on at what angle you measure. But I think 35 inches from the soil level to the apical meristem.

For comparison, here is the one surviving Ace Bush tomato I planted on 28 January. This guy has led a rough life and is only about four inches tall. But that's about 400% larger than he was just weeks ago. So I have faith that he'll keep on truckin' and maybe produce excellent fruit later this summer!

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