Friday, February 12, 2016

The tale of the Palm Tomato

Two palm trees
Fig.1 Pam by fence
By Gary Boutin  

Supplies and Tools: 
Tomato cage

Michael Edwardton works for a program called Uncommon Good that teaches students about green energy. His home is located in Upland, California, a beautiful neighborhood with mature trees in a rural setting. He had just purchased a century-old home and wanted to preserve its look. Being a principal member of Uncommon Good, he was using the house to teach others how to go green.

This post shows the five steps how a disregarded Palm tree turned into a pot for local home grown tomatoes. 

Step 1: Fig.1 shows Michael back yard is full of Palm trees. Some bearing fruit and some just provide shade.
Step 2: It was the annual back yard clean up and we decided to remove dead palms and dead branches and make the back yard usable again. Fig.2 shows that some of the palms had fruit but most of the palms were used for shade. Though Michael did not eat any of the palm fruit, he believed that the local wildlife should and he kept the dates until most were eater and the branches were dead.
Palm Fruit tree not ready to eat
Fig.2 Palm 
fruit bearing
Step 3: Fig.3 shows that with the backyard being release of its dead branches we found in the corner of the lot a dead palm tree with a surprise located inside the palm base. Local tomatoes had found a home inside the base of a palm tree.
Palm Tree became a tomato container
Palm Tomatoes
Step 4: Fig.4 shows the unripe tomatoes in various stages of ripeness.
This palm container for the tomatoes are ripe for eating
Fig.4 Various 
tomatoes stages
Step 5: Fig.5 and fig.6 shows that after the cleanup a tomato cage was places within the palm tree to hold up the tomato plant. Now Michael can have some of the bounty from his backyard and not give it all the local wild life.
This palm tree had green tomatoes
Fig.5 Tomato Cage
A tomato cage was added to give the tomato a chance to grow
Fig.6 Tomato cage 
and twine ties branches

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