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GARDENER’S YARD BEING `ATTACKED’ BY TOMATO PLANT

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Geneve Whiting of East Mill Creek says she has been gardening most of her life and has never seen as big a tomato plant as the one growing in her back yard this year.

"I don't even know what kind of a tomato plant it is. I just planted it from seeds in May and I didn't think it would even survive because soon after it started springing up we had a terrible hail storm."It has just gone crazy since then, though, and has taken over my whole garden, has covered up a dozen different kinds of flowers and now covers an area of more than 20 square feet."

Whiting, a widow, said she started supporting the plant with wire baskets and has already used five. "The tomatoes I've had are delicious. Some are as big as grapefruit.

"I just hope we don't get a bad cold spell that will kill off the tomato plant before I can harvest more tomatoes from it. It seems to be a late blooming variety," she said.

Not only has the tomato plant outgrown all her expectations, she said, "many of the other flowers in my garden have grown to towering dimensions this year. I haven't put any fertilizer on my garden and I just can't explain what is happening."