INFORUM.com | WDAZ.com

WDAY: The News Leader

Published June 04, 2012, 10:13 PM

Mysterious plant bombs showing up in downtown Fargo

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - It's hard not to notice -- downtown Fargo is buzzing with people talking about tomatoes. A big mystery is making waves as more and more potted tomato plants pop up on city streets.

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - It's hard not to notice -- downtown Fargo is buzzing with people talking about tomatoes. A big mystery is making waves as more and more potted tomato plants pop up on city streets.

As you walk by, they are guaranteed to catch your eye.

Julia Bowsker - Fargo: "I knew it was a tomato, so I was just curious why it was there."

Big, bright potted tomato plants -- with a tiny note attached -- asking for you to show these tiny tomatoes some love.

Judi Clausen - Fargo: "I just noticed them on the streets and I couldn't resist."

Judi Clausen has been taking care of this urban community garden where everyone pitches in to enjoy the produce.

Judi Clausen: "I've been pinching the top growth so the roots will go deeper."

The technical term for what's going on downtown is called plant bombing. It's all about giving the community greater access to gardens, and fresh grown food.

Lauryn Whitmer – Community Gardener/FM Food Not Lawns: "Helping people realize you don't need to have a lot of space, or time even to garden."

No one seems to know just when these plants started popping up or who's behind it. It's all a big mystery. Community gardening advocates say this talked about topic can be a building block -- for bonding the city.

Lauryn Whitmer: "Just building the interest in community gardening, in these little urban areas is really important."

Judi Clausen: "I just hope they stay here, and that people will appreciate them."

No one person is taking the reins to raise these plants, so if you drop by downtown remember these tomatoes may need your tender love and care.

There's a Google Map pointing out where those tomato plants are popping up. To get to it click on the Easy Link.

Tags: