Too Much Too Soon

I harvest the beautiful cherry tomatoes today.

I’m disappointed by how many have split open. All but a few are ruined. I learn that split tomatoes are breeding grounds for bacteria and generally aren’t good for eating.

Why do they split and crack like this? Most gardeners agree it’s because of irregular watering that causes the tomato to grow so fast that the skin cannot accommodate the growth.

Too much growth–too soon–cracks us wide open.  I consider the value of slow growth. Things come about in time. There’s no rush.

I love fast and big. The split cherry tomato reminds me that slow, even growth wins the day.

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