A short showcase of tomatoes that popped up in a spot where there used to be a compost pile. Tomatoes aren't commonly considered to be able to yield a finished crop in my zone/region but here you have it! We were getting tomatoes from these plants even after a few light frosts!
*I think we only ever watered these tomatoes once. It while they were first forming fruit but they didn't actually need the water, I just wanted to boost their fruit set a little. They were never wilty looking.
I should mention that the compost pile had other food scraps added to it for a year before the tomatoes popped up.
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Unfortunately I didn't put transplants nearby as a comparison. Unless I was able to determine what variety of tomatoes would pop up in that ex-compost pile spot, and have space in the same area for transplants of the same variety, I don't think it'd be a fair comparison anyhow.
If I can get it together, I am planning on doing a seed vs transplant comparison this year, in the same bed, same type of tomato. I'd love it if I could avoid starting tomatoes indoors altogether but until I have consistent results, I'm gonna keep to a trial scale.