Mr. Tomato Man couldn’t scare the crows away because unlike American crows, even the scariest scarecrow cannot scare Japanese crows. And as for the chickens, Mr. Tomato Man cannot live on tomatoes alone, so he needed the chickens for their eggs and he couldn’t afford to scare them away. He had to live among them, and he had to be able to protect his plants. But then, as he sat in his quiet house with only the sounds of the nighttime around him, he wondered if he actually did have to live among these scavengers. He wondered if there was a way for him to have his farm inside, where he could rest after caring for them and where the crows and chickens were separated by windows and walls.
He knew that the concrete, wood and carpeting on his floors wouldn’t be suitable for planting, so he had to think outside of the box while thinking about getting his plants inside the box. And then, as he sipped the last drips of water from a water bottle, the idea came to him. They didn’t need a box; they needed a bottle. Plants love water, and the perfect place to keep water is obviously in a water bottle. Mr. Tomato Man stayed up for the rest of the night drawing and planning and testing. There was a whirlwind of activity inside of his little farmhouse.
In the morning, when the sun came up, Mr. Tomato Man hadn’t slept a wink. But, he didn’t care. In front of him sat a new invention that would change the world. Maybe it would even save the world. As he looked at what he had created, he imagined what the world would be like if everyone could grow plants wherever they wished. He imagined Eskimos in Alaska growing fresh food in the middle of the winter and apartment dwellers in Tokyo and New York City growing food with no space to garden. He thought of children who would learn and watch their plants grow. He had created a device that allowed anyone, anywhere to plant seeds in a bottle full of water. The plant would grow and produce fruit, just like any traditionally planted vegetation, but it would not be susceptible to the predators and pests that threatened his outdoor garden. He would call his invention Petomato.