I've been coaxing my six tomato plants for the last two months. I planted three types outdoors in pots, and two in the sunroom. Both sets have grown tall and lanky with few flowers. The warmest place is a south-facing deck, warm enough in the past to coax cherry tomatoes into maturity. Not this year. This year is cooler, and the tomato plants are unsure about their future. At this rate, they are just vines with tiny flowers and pungent smells. Perhaps they will attract bees and birds.
All my summer plans to grow yummy ingredients for pizza and salsa have changed. I will drive the sixty miles to the farmers' market and buy other people's successes.
My respect to all growers out there. And my respect to restaurant cooks who can only prepare good food if good ingredients are available. It only takes a salmonella scare to make us appreciate the work of others.