Her first homegrown tomato was flawless and she wanted to show it off.
The woman, a middle-age customer of Bolles Nursery Landscape on Allen Road, put the tomato in her vehicle and brought it in as a gift to store manager and mentor Suzi Williams, who was duly impressed with its redness, its size (four to five inches across) and utter lack of cracked shoulders.
“She wanted an attagirl for it,” Williams said.
And who can blame her? At a time when boredom has become routine and stimulus checks have sparked interest in new hobbies, Kern County has seen a resurgence in gardening, especially among people who’d