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Smelly seedlings? That’s no insult…

Earlier today, at the very beginning of our monthly staff meeting at work, my coworker Pilar leaned over and murmured, “Your tomato seedlings smell.”

Anyone listening carefully might have considered that an insult. Me? I considered it awesome.

4 Comments on “Smelly seedlings? That’s no insult…”

  1. #1 Sylvana
    on Apr 20th, 2010 at 8:16 pm

    Pilar, I knew a woman named Pilar.
    If a tomato plant doesn’t smell like a tomato plant, then the tomatoes probably won’t taste like tomatoes.

  2. #2 Pilar
    on Apr 20th, 2010 at 9:05 pm

    I am no expert gardener so I was a little scared that the seedlings wouldn’t smell. Yey, I am so glad to be wrong!

    I am so new to this that I just discovered the art or trick of “petting the leaves” to help them grow hardier and thicker. Hopefully the seedlings can come home soon.

  3. #3 inadvertentgardener
    on Apr 21st, 2010 at 10:41 am

    Sylvana, see, that’s what I think, too!

    Pilar, excuse me? “Petting the leaves”? You’re going to have to school me on that one…and damn if I’m not going to have to write something about that, too.

  4. #4 Pilar
    on Apr 21st, 2010 at 2:06 pm

    Hah! Apparently the petting, touching, and slight bending triggers a very scientific-sounding response –> thigmotropism!

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