By Michelle Fabio
June, the traditional month of weddings, is upon us, and from what many of my friends have told me, choosing inexpensive, unique, and appreciated wedding favors can be a difficult task–but for tomato lovers, it doesn’t have to be!
Treat your guests to some tomato plants, recommends David Goforth, horticulture and forestry agent with the Cabarrus Center of the NC Cooperative Extension Service who answers questions through the Charlotte Observer’s Master Gardeners column.
Goforth notes that tomatoes are hardy plants that can easily be “tucked into flower beds,” so they would be great even inexperienced growers; you may even end up inspiring some people who never thought they could be gardeners to try even more plants next season.
The Earth-friendliness of the gesture is another bonus, as you would be encouraging your guests to grow their own food and as, Goforth notes, “reduce our carbon footprint.”
Another tip from Goforth is to be sure to wait until as close the wedding as possible to pick up your plants to ensure the best quality.
And I will add, why not include a little tomato love poem–something like Pablo Neruda’s poem “Ode to Tomatoes”–on the tag of the plant, and remember to thank your guests for coming and sharing your love!