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City Girl fails at tomatoesMy great tomato experiment of 2011 has my husband & me totally confounded. I've been bugging my friend with ridiculously elementary questions... requiring her garden 'tech-support' so I don't really want to annoy her any longer. Maybe one of you can help? This was the first year we planted anything at all - three tomato plants. We had expert supervision when planting and followed all the advice we got. Recently someone told us to stop watering tomatoes at a certain time... which we did. Two days later, all the vines have all drooped. Garden Tech Support Friend said that's normal. Cool. I went outside just to see the extent of the 'droopage' and I noticed on one of the tomato plants that finally, after weeks of care, we had actual red tomatoes! I was so happy to see them, I picked all five or six of them, like a proud parent - and went to show my husband: We tried them - but they were mealy and mushy and not that sweet. So then I went to the other two plants, and indeed, down below and way in the back there more red ones. But the odd thing is, each of the three plants produced the exact same result. Smallish mealy mushy fruit, and the color was not the right red, more of a red/dark pink. They're all exactly the same - just a bit bigger than cherry tomatoes. We did everything right! Or maybe not!? Did we over water them? And if that's the case, now that we've stopped over watering them, will the future little green ones have any chance of being nice tomatoes? Or have we ruined all subsequent tomatoes too? The internet has lots of theories, but most of them say the reason is leaving them on the vine too long - which I know isn't the case with these. Now today I just heard that "Heritage" Tomatoes are having a bad year. Is that possible? I feel like apologizing to the plants and promising never to try to grow anything again. I'm a former New Yorker. Nature is the potted plant on your fire escape. Help.

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