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Turtle goes to holy land

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By GEORGE ROBERTSON, M.D.

We were experimenting with different tomatoes in the garden this year. I’ve tried to plant them in alphabetical order so that I can keep up with the three or four varieties we have, trying to see which one does the best.

One of my plants did not make the first growth spurt and cold snap so my wife got a holy land variety to plant in its place. She thought with a name like that the plant might be more resistant to the usual midsummer drought.

The other day I was admiring the new produce and I noticed a V-shaped gouge out of a new low hanging tomato. None of the other planets had this problem. A few days later I saw a box turtle in the garden and decided that it was his snout pattern that accounted for the wedge out of my fruit.

The question then comes to mind, why does this turtle prefer the holy land variety to the others? You would have to assume he has already tried all the others to purposefully avoid them. But that means that he must have done a lot of sampling. And I didn’t know that a turtle was that well traveled, at least not as far as the holy land.

Editor’s Note: Robertson is a physician with Family Medical Associates, PC, in Lebanon.

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