Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Poop Tomatoes

I must confess - not only do I NOT have a green thumb... Have you ever seen someone's skin that has been badly frostbitten? How it's all crusted and charcoal-black? That'd be the equivalent to my gardening skills... to put it delicately, they suck.

So, what do they give the women at church for Mother's Day? A tomato plant.

Since I am not doing a garden this year, I figured I'd get a pot and some potting soil and give the thing a go. I perused the gardening section at my local gardening store and found some "organic" potting soil with "all natural" nutrients added. I figure it couldn't hurt. So, I get some.

We come home and transplant the tomato starter along with the Lettuce plant that my daughter has to grow for a summer school project. Anyway - as I am repotting the plants, PrettyPrettyPrincess sort of sniffs and says, "Ugh... something smells like dog poop!"

I say, "yeah - it's the potting soil."

She asks, "The dirt smells like Dog Poop?"

I reply, "Yes. What do you think the 'natural' nutrients are? It has manure in it."

"So, the dirt has poop in it?" She questions again, in disbelief.

"Yes," I answer with a slight chuckle.

"So - we are going to grow the tomatoes in POOP?" She is just beside herself at this point.

"Well," I begin, "yes...sort of."

"So --" she starts, still trying to wrap her brain around this. "We are going to have Poop Tomatoes? I am not eating those!"


The Willeyes said...

I certainly never thought of it that way :) Wow...better sleep on that one :)

Ashley said...

Just don't tell her that a lot of other vegetable are grown in poop, too, or she definitely won't be eating any of those vegetables off her plate. Haha!

Megs said...

i remember coming to the same realization at her age. Disgusting but true... we use poop to grow our food. yum.

Betty said...

hahah, she´s so smart! I guess if you look at it that way Chocolate is a vegetable, right?

ann said...

The kids were asking the same questions when we were planting the garden this year! "Your NOT putting poop in the garden for real are you?" I said "yep it will taste better for sure!" they said they weren't eating any of the stuff either but I bet they will change their minds!

Good for you for starting small! I'm not much of a green thumb either. But Jared said (sang) The prophet said to plant a thats what what we'll DO!! so that's what we did!

purplehaze said...

Oh out of the mouth of babes got to love it!

Anonymous said...

Ketchup is grown in poop too, maybe that will change her mind :)

BTW I just adore the Princess's blog. Great work!!!

okeydokeyifine said...

Yes, God even made Waste a value to man. Wonderful, isn't it.

Ruthykins said...

instead of buying it, couldn't you just collect it from your dog?

Puphigirl said...

Ruthykins- human, dog and cat poop are not conducive for food growing. You can use other animals like horse and cow.

Susie said...

Just tell her that it's nature's recycler!

RhondaLue said...

BAHAHAHAHA! (said in a big neener neener voice) YOU ARE GONNA EAT POOP TOMATOES!!!!!!!!!

that's hilarious.

Tulsi said...

How clever to give produce producing plants. Steve and the rest of the Bishopric had a TOUGH time thinking of something to do. Our ward has a huge chunk of duplexes that are subsidized and they can't plant a garden. It has to look pristine. But some land was donated for those who wanted to plant a garden. I'm not sure about Poop Tomatoes.