Some gardeners nurture their tomato plants, babying them, praying for sun, and hoping to pick a few ripe ones before the rain sets in.

by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - As of last week, Joan Schultze was still harvesting sweet, golden cherry tomatoes from her volunteer plant.Joan Schultze of Oregon City didn’t pay any attention to her volunteer cherry tomato plant until it caught her attention in late August, when it covered the woodpile and started to flower.

And it’s a big plant. In fact, “if it were able to stretch out it would be over 16 feet in length and about 6 feet high,” the Gaffney Lane-area resident said.

“The cherry tomatoes are yellow and sweet. There are many flowers on the plant, so if it survives into December, there will be many tomatoes,” Schultze said.

The rest of her plants are long gone by now, and none in the garden did as well as this one, she said.

Since it did so well on its own, Schultze, a chiropractor who works in Lake Oswego, doesn’t plan to do anything about it for next year.

As of last week, the plant was still robust and producing tomatoes, but when it does die down, Schultze is sure its remains will fill one entire barrel.

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