The Plot Thickens: A Bit of Garden Humour

Here’s a little garden humour as you ease in to your weekend: My sister sent me this  story a few years ago. It always makes me smile. I don’t know the origins, so I’ll extend thanks to the universe and the anonymous writer of this tongue in cheek tale. Enjoy!

Plotting Tomatoes:

An older gentleman living alone in New Jersey looked forward to planting his annual tomato garden, but it was strenuous work. The ground was simply too hard. His only son Vincent would usually help him but Vincent was in prison. The man wrote a letter to his son describing his predicament.

Dear Vincent,

It looks like I won’t be able to plant my tomato garden this year. I’m just getting too old to be digging up a garden plot. I know if you were here my troubles would be over. I know you would be happy to dig it for me, like in the old days. I’m feeling a little sad. I hope you are well.

Love, Papa

A few days later he received a letter from his son.

Dear Papa,

Don’t dig up that garden. That’s where the bodies are buried.

Love, Vinnie

At 4 a.m. the next morning, FBI agents and local police arrived and dug up the entire area without finding any bodies. They apologized to the man and left. That same day the man received another letter from his son.

Dear Papa,

Go ahead and plant the tomatoes now. That’s the best I could do under the circumstances.

Love you, Vinnie

I hope you’re smiling, too.


24 thoughts on “The Plot Thickens: A Bit of Garden Humour

  1. That was hilarious – I feel I should just leave you this comment though:

    No time to leave a comment, I must dash off a quick note to my son in prison. I’d like to have all the flag stones lifted from the front yard 🙂 Thanks for sharing such a great idea!


  2. Oh, Alys, this was absolutely adorable! It almost makes you wish you had a son in prison. o_O
    And remember those volunteers I told you about a few days ago? I am watching these wonky tomatoes grow into shapes I’ve never seen before. I know I didn’t plant this variety. I had no idea that tomatoes could actually grow into the shape of a lumpy banana. Any clue?


    • LOL…almost…

      I’m dying to see a photo of your banana shaped tomatoes. I can’t even fathom that. Can you snap a picture and post it here or via my contact form? I’ve got some investigating to do.


  3. That story ALWAYS makes me laugh. I keep wishing I could find a way to get someone to do the digging up outside for me too. I’d be afraid they would find a body in the garden if I joked about it. 🙂 Love the grape tomatoes. Enjoy some down time. I have a feeling you’ve been pushing as hard as we have.


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