Tomato update

I started playing hardcore heavy, goth, thrash and death metal music at my tomato plants purely as an experiment three months ago and it’s been going extremely well. I later switched to more intense music and it got even better. Last week, I tasted one of these and it turned out to be a bit sweeter than I expected. That and the size may be due to the variety of tomato rather than the music as Kelley pointed out.

Since the taste test, I actually didn’t have any time to play any music for them at all due to my schedule. I make it a point not to play the music when I’m not home in case the neighbors found it annoying and needed me to stop. But it looks like the harvest is going to continue well after since I found these…

There are three more flowering in the left background.

My windows are 54 inches from the bottom of the sill.

And here’s the full size of the plants.

Note the 12 inch ruler on the bottom right. Yes, it's growing on an easle ;)

I left two of the tomatoes from the first tree still on the tree to see how long they will last. If they fall on their own, I’m going to replant the seeds.

A small cross sample of the music I played :

  • Behemoth
  • Samael
  • Nile
  • Bolt Thrower
  • Sabaton
  • Rammstein
  • Vader (yes, that’s a real band)
  • Deathstars (no, seriously)
  • Meshuggah
  • Accept
  • Dir en Grey
  • Bluetengel
  • Angelspit
  • Terminal Choice (not exactly “hardcore”, but I just like them)
  • Suicide Commando (not “metal” so much, but again I like them)
  • Psyclon Nine
  • Gorgoroth
  • Kataklysm
  • Arsenius
  • Hipocrisy

A note on these bands : I would recommend browsing YouTube for a few of their videos in case you’re curious about the variety. That is unless you’re the religious type or a easily disturbed. ;)

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Time for pluckin!

So this is the end result of an experiment I started this February, where I was continuously playing hardcore thrash and death metal to my tomato plants. I should mention, I was expecting them to be slightly bigger and I don’t know if the music stunted their growth or, due to the size of the container, I inadvertantly made a bonsai.

These are slightly shy of an inch

This actually used to be the base of an old bonsai plant... that I killed inadvertantly.

If you’re wondering what that chain in the bottom is, it’s on the first post, that’s part of the easel the plant was growing on.

Guess what I’m having for dinner!

Yummy!

The tomato experiment

Since February of this year, I’ve been running a little experiment blasting hardcore rock, thrash and death metal at my tomato plants. I was slowly increasing the intensity of the music (and I realize for some people “music” isn’t an appropriate descriptor for death metal) and I must say the results have been quite stunning.

This will be after two and half months of solid hardcore music in a week.

Getting ready for plucking soon!

I haven’t been blasting music all day and night, because I’m can’t be home all the time and I don’t want to turn my good neighbors into sworn enemies. Also the volume has been constantly in the medium-low range.

I seemed to have reached a Golidlocks zone with Kataklysm and Samael (couldn’t play Meshuggah without upsetting the neighbors) and other death/hardcore bands didn’t seem to make too much of a difference from these two.

The next season I’m going to try classical to see if it makes a difference.