Among the Chinaberry seedlings and the Virginia Creeper, and, you know, the herbicide, nature has found a way in the root bed of the Toomer’s oak closest to College Street in the form of a tomato plant.
How’d it get there? Who knows. Maybe a seed escaped from a litterbug’s Subway BLT wrapper. Or maybe someone planted it–Auburn horticulturist Dr. Gary Keever, suggested that the plant would serve well as an indicator of soil herbicide levels…. something to do with its acidity or alkali or something. But it wouldn’t be good for a salad.
“I wouldn’t eat it,” Keever said. “I doubt it’d be considered organic.”
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