After a terrible end of July with a week in the 100s, bookended by weeks in the high 90s, it has been tough for gardening. I considered myself lucky to get out and water daily. Weeding came to a complete halt, although the weeds themselves did not (because I kept obliging by watering them!)
One thing that did just fine with all this heat was my cherry tomato plants. You remember back a few months that I did not plant any cherry tomatoes–these are all volunteers and have been for about 4 or 5 years now. I allowed 3 plants to stay put in the bean patch and the bowl above is what we are picking daily now.
What you can’t see in the picture is how the cherry tomato plants have actually grown across the sidewalk and are into the grass on the other side.
Now how are these plants so hardy when the rest of my tomatoes are struggling so? I wrote here about an organic solution to a serious fungus problem I had this year. The solution (milk, water, baking soda, dish washing liquid) helped the plants that had only begun to show signs of the fungus, but was not good enough to save those fully involved.
So I have only harvested maybe a dozen regular tomatoes this year. But the cheerful cherries keep chugging along, producing by the handful, with no sign of slowing!