Saturday, November 1, 2008

Day 113 / Day 49 - How do you spell "BLT"?

Well, it's been 12 days since the last update. What would you say if I told you that in 12 days the tomato Aerogarden started to produce big beautiful tomatoes?   

Well...sorry, I'm being a bit silly here. Consider it a 5-month early April Fool's joke. These tomatoes are actually fresh out of the box I just bought at BJ's.  

In reality, the real cherry tomatoes are pretty much exactly the same size as we left them two weeks ago. In the interm, I've been filling the basin with water and there was another "feeding" of nutrients, but it seems that most of the growth is happening to the leaves around the tomatoes, not the tomatoes themselves.

Same goes for the golden harvest tomatoes. Pretty much the same as last time, although there's a heck of a lot more tomato leaf growth. It's a shame there aren't any good recipes for tomato leaves (fuzzy tomato leaf soup), or I'd be cooking up a storm now. 

In other news, the lettuce is still growing well.

Although admittedly, I'm having a hard time figuring out how to follow the directions in the Aerogarden manual. The manual says to harvest the leaves at the base of the plant and also to harvest "no more than 1/3 of the plant". 

But this is a bit of an oxymoron, because most of the new growth is happening on the tip of one stalk. So if I cut the stalk altogether, by definition I'd be harvesting more than 1/3 of the plant.

So, I took a gamble and gave the lettuce plants a major haircut, basically gutting the tall leaves, leaving the stalks, and lowering the lights. If the plants start growing again, all is well. If not, that may be the end of the lettuce Aerogarden.

But if it is the end, at least it's going in style. As I said, my goal has been to make a BLT. Here's the harvest of the "L".

I baked a fresh loaf of bread in the breadmaker just for this occasion. 

And so, the recipe for a BLT is two slices of bread:

...some bacon, lettuce, and tomato: 

Some might argue that taking 3 hours to prepare a sandwich you could typically prepare in 3 minutes is overkill, but I have to admit the sandwich was pretty good. 

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