First and foremost, growing vegetables is really, really interesting, and FUN. (Who knew? Oh, yeah, almost all of you.) Once it warmed up these babies grew like crazy, like this humongous cucumber that appeared out of nowhere and was especially surprising because the label said "squash".
And my experiment in growing them in containers on my deck has raised the question of how to support these big boys. It would be great if the containers came with suggestions about what types of plants to grow in them and what size tomato cages (or other supports) to use.
Take these tomatoes, for instance. There are two plants here, both labeled as "patio" size, so I thought they'd stay compact, but noooo. So the 4-foot-tall cages are practically useless. If the privacy screen hadn't been there to tie the plants to, the whole shebang would be flopping in the wind.
And for any of these, are you supposed to prune away any of the extra foliage, especially when it's shading the produce? (Bear with me, experienced veg-growers.) I read up a bit on pruning tomatoes and honestly, it didn't make any sense to me.
Finally, here's another edible that seemed to appear overnight. So despite my ignorance and some logistical challenges, I'm starting to think Michele's Owens is right – that this stuff is damn easy to grow.