There, I've said it.
Yes, it's one of the New World fruits that changed the culinary trajectory of the entire world. Yes, they can be juicy, sweet, tangy and wonderful. And, yes, tomatoes are one of the most commonly grown fruits in the garden.
But I've decided that I am DONE with growing tomatoes. That may sound a little drastic, but year after year, I try to grow them, from 'Celebrety' to 'Early Girl' to 'Juliette.' And each year they fail me (or I fail them). I've come to now see them as a waste of my time.
If it's not the squirrels, nabbing every blushing pink tomato off the vine:
It's the stink bugs, sticking their probosci down into the tomato and pocking it with hard little bite marks:
My plants may get large: