Every year I attempt to grow something here in the desert and most times I fail. The only time I was moderately successful was when I landscaped the back of my house and added a drip system. Out here in the 'wilderness' where my RV is parked, there are numerous problems including water, birds, squirrels, dogs, pack rats...and on and on. For 3 years in a row I have tried to grow tomatoes. Last year I got a few and they were really good except for the thick skin. This year my tomato plant hasn't produced any fruit at all. I looked it up on the internet and read that some tomato plants won't set fruit if the temperature is over 90 degrees. I must have bought one of those types then because it has tons of blossoms and no tomatoes. That's what I get for buying from Target's 99 cent plant sale. My Mom said she had the same problem last year. They tried blossom set and everything to no avail.
My zucchini have produced small 4 inch fruits but then they shrivel. Now something is eating them. I think it's a bird. When I go on vacation this year I think I won't bother asking anyone to water for me. If they don't make it there's really no loss. Just one less watering chore. The only plant that I still have any hope for is the little strawberry plant that is under there somewhere.
When these plants have finished pretending that they are vegetable plants, I think I will buy a dwarf orange tree to go in my big pot. I got a Home Depot gift card for my birthday. Oranges trees need to be covered for the few winter days that dip below freezing but other than that I think they will be ok. Maybe in a year or 2 I can get some oranges. Gardening isn't supposed to be this depressing, it's supposed to be relaxing and rewarding! Oh well, I won't give up totally, I'll just change tactics.