A Garden Surprise

It started with what looked like a weed growing between the compost bin and our beloved banksia tree. On closer inspection, Richard discovered that it was actually a tomato plant! We didn’t plant it and our neighbour grew her tomatoes in pots. How on earth did it get there?

We decided to just leave it alone and see what happens. It’s right next to the compost bin so it’ll get plenty of nutrients. Richard told our neighbour about the mystery tomato plant and she gave him a stake to help the plant grow. That’s all we did for weeks. We staked it, watered it rarely and let it do it’s own thing.

And I think the plant did very well on its own! Look how big it is!

Tomato Plant

There are little green tomatoes now too!
Green Tomatoes

And even more coming soon!
More Green Tomatoes

I’m very excited. I’ve never eaten home grown tomatoes before but everyone tells me they taste better than anything you get from the shops. Can’t wait!

P.S. It’s summer here in Australia.

P.P.S. Does anyone know what variety of tomato this is?

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17 Responses to “A Garden Surprise”

  1. alison kamins says:

    They look like Roma tomatoes to me they seem to have the same sort of shape

  2. Tammy says:

    It definitely looks like a Roma to me, they might change a bit as they grow, The Romas I grew last year were that shape but this years are looking more like little bells. Keep us updated!
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  3. Oiyi says:

    How nice to see some signs of Summer! We are heading into Winter.

  4. Allison says:

    Home grown tomatoes taste so good! My neighbors brought some of thiers over after we moved to welcome us and they were the best tomatoes I’ve had in a long time. The store bought ones seem to have no flavor. Home grown have tons of flavor – the ones we had had kind of a tangy taste to them! I plan to grow our own next spring ( I guess you can grow them then – I’ve never tried growing fruits and veggies!) I like to make pizza with just mozarella cheese, tomato slices and fresh basil. Good luck with yours!

  5. karin says:

    Im thinking its a tomato berry, if they ripen soon, or maybe a roma if later.. post more soon =]

  6. lexyjane says:

    They look like grape tomatoes to me – they are the same shape as Romas, but when I’ve grown Roma’s the plants were bigger before they started to produce fruit.

    It’s possible they self seeded out of your compost.

    Enjoy them – Home-grown tomatoes are amazing. Way better than the store-bought ones.
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  7. irrena says:

    well, at first i thought they’re like mine – julet, but from the good look on the photo i think they’re roma… mine are lot smaller and amazingly delicious. someone has probably threw away a tomato in that compost bin? haha, just kidding. 🙂
    just be glad it grow there, you’ll see how very plastic tomatoes they sell in stores. the taste is totally different, this is like… you’ll see. good luck.
    nice blog, by the way.
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  8. Julie says:

    I’m with the Roma tomato people, that’s what they look like. How amazing is that?! Home grown tomatoes are the best, you’ll be planting them deliberately after this summer treat!
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  9. Cassandra says:

    What a great surprise to find in your yard just in time for the holiday season. 😀
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  10. Umi says:

    I think it’s a gift from Heaven. From the soil comes life which brings you great joy. It is simply wonderful!

  11. Tere says:

    It’s a Roma Tomato – you can see by the shape. :o)
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  12. aeonie says:

    I often get tomato plants popping up in the garden – and it is amazing how well they do. Often better than the ones I actually plant! Enjoy 🙂
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  13. Malissa says:

    I think they are grape or roma tomatoes. It is cold here in Holland. So when I saw your blog it gave me this lovely feeling of summer. Very cozy blog!~ 🙂

  14. Sandra says:

    Oh how wonderful for you. Yes, home grown tomatoes taste definitely better than store bought.
    Han, you may want to read up on how to remove suckers on tomato plants. When a sucker is removed, the tomatoes get a chance to grow bigger.

  15. Cath says:

    I was thining grape tomatoes too – how wonderful to find it didn’t need any special attention to grow. That’s my kind of plant!
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  16. Mette says:

    What a nice surprise! Tomatoes are delicious!
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  17. Nancy Reyes says:

    Yup. It’s a Roma tomato.

    It’s the most common type we grow here in the Philippines.
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