I got a late start, but so far so good. My container tomato plants seem to be thriving. Granted, they are no where close to producing fruit; but they look promising.
After thinking I was going to take a year off, a friend gave me a plant started from a seed and I just couldn’t throw it away. So I decided to plant it and added a couple other ones bought at the store. The plant from the seed looks the greenest and I can’t wait to see what kind of tomatoes it produces.
Since last year, I had to deal with poor performing plants, whether from disease or insects, I am not sure. But taking no chances this year, I have added a defensive plant to the tomatoes. I read that marigolds planted with a tomato plant will help ward off common pests that damage a tomato plant. From what I have read, the scent from marigold plants deter bugs.
Here is the latest picture of my 3 plants, any yellow you might see are not tomato blossoms, they are the blooms of marigolds. We shall see what happens.