There was a teacher at a school I worked at and he sagely advised us over morning tea one day that the first rule of teaching is this: "The minute you think you've won - you've lost"! And he was right. Never get too cocky. And I think that's been my mistake with my tomatoes.
I grew my tomatoes from seed for the first time this year and they were coming along fantastically. Enormously tall bushes with loads of cherry tomatoes. When Mr P. came to visit he was most impressed and said they were doing better than his! Better than Mr P. my Italian, expert, gardener neighbour! Huh! My chest puffed up a bit at that one and a little more when friends visited and I'd take them on a tomato admiring tour. Yes, I'd say with false modesty, it must be those Diggers seeds or the broad bean crop before that fixed the nitrogen (see how much I've learned?).
My only explanation is cockiness. I've learnt a lesson. Never get too full of yourself. No boasting. Those little grubs can hear a boast from several gardens away and will come crawling into your patch just to teach you a lesson.
|At least the chooks like them.|