"A garden is never so good as it will be next year."-- Thomas Cooper
My three tomato plants had problems.. Some hungry animal visited during the nights and ate them as they ripened. The only tomatoes they left alone were the cherry and grape tomatoes. With the drought last summer, I felt sorry for the birds and animals and figured that they must be hungry...so they could share my tomatoes.We had quite a crop of good green tomatoes and ripened them in the house. They were good, but not as good as if they ripened on the vine.
I've been trying to figure out what to plant this year. I do have great success with herbs and different kinds of lettuces. Maybe I'll just attempt more varieties of grape and cherry tomatoes, herb, lettuce and onions. At least we can have a salad now and then.....and then again, maybe I'll throw caution to the wind and plant some big tomatoes and try to use some caging to keep the animals out.I just figured out how long I have been planting tomatoes....37 yrs I guess. Why do I struggle so? The tomato has me under it's spell...the bright red color (my favorite color) the firm texture, the juice running down my hand as I take a taste right off the vine. Oh, my mouth is just puckery thinking about them. Now, where are those gardening catalogs?