If pure, untarnished beauty is the designer’s only goal, don’t read these words. But if function and form should always be most prodigiously wed, then continue forward – especially now that planting season is here and a good gardener’s dreams turn to tomatoes.
Here is the form/function question for the gardening sort: Should one’s tomatoes be newer and better, or tried and true? Put another way, should the good gardener stick with hybrid plants – what most of modern world agriculture knows – and the predictable looks they yield? Or should the quest be simply a pathway leading to unblemished tastes – something that’s never been meddled with in the laboratory, remaining pristine through the years – try, instead heirloom plants.
At my wife’s urging, I tried my first heirloom tomatoes six years ago and have never looked back. Often the tomatoes I harvest are remarkably homely but the taste is extraordinary – and besides, it’s quite enjoyable to encounter taste treats that don’t all look alike.
May every garden be a place of respite, productive, and most delectable!