Well, this is it. My entire tomato harvest. I guess I could write a post on how NOT to grow tomatoes.
I bought a baby tomato plant in the spring and planted it in a large pot. It grew rapidly but the weather also got hotter. I watered it every day and even put up some shade for it. It was a lot of work to water it everyday since I didn't have a nearby water source and my rainwater reserves were getting low. The real problem came when I went out of town for a week. There were many green tomatoes on the plant when I left but my watering helper missed a day or two and the plant looked dead when I came back.
To my surprise the plant came back and managed to produce 5 little tomatoes before it took a turn for the worse again. Too bad. They were excellent tomatoes. They were sweet and juicy and so much better than anything at the grocery store.
Next year I will try again. Hopefully I have learned from my mistakes. I will put up shade earlier and if I have to go out of town I will arrange for a back up watering person.
Also, my zucchini died without producing but I planted some yellow squash and they look like they are doing ok. There is still a tiny bit of hope for my gardening efforts.