Near the end of last winter the blogger known as the Manic Gardener, (a rather obvious play on her own name, Kate Gardner) wrote not one, but TWO posts about problems with growing tomatoes indoors and how she was never going to make that mistake again: she had learned her lesson, she had seen the light, she was a reformed person, a cured addict: “tomatoes belong outdoors, not in.”
Yet the aphids pictured above are on a tomato leaf, and the photo was taken today, in the home of the aforementioned Manic Gardener. What conclusions can we draw?
First, she is growing tomatoes indoors, eight months after swearing that she never would again.
Second, here is a woman who does not keep her word.
Third, her tomatoes have aphids. Also white flies.
After all her talk about lessons learned, then, it appears that this blogger has learned neither to leave tomatoes outside where they belong, nor how to bring them inside without bringing their pests in with them.
When our correspondent in Bozeman, Montana reached her, Ms Manic explained that she had harvested NO tomatoes last summer, claiming that a hailstorm of epic proportions had set her tomatoes back months. Some had made a good recovery, but too slowly to produce before cold weather, and she could not bear to dump these at the end of the season just when they were beginning to flower again.
It’s a touching tale, but we are not taken in. We at EFG (Exposing False Gardeners) will be following this story, and we promise to bring you the latest updates.