I am guilty of not loving and caring for my cherry tomatoes. They just grow too easily, they don't make me work hard enough to appreciate them. I don't even plant them, like everyone eles's garden I'm sure, they just pop up everywhere... there must be a cherry tomato planting secret society... people walking innocently past your garden, no one looking, quick, a handful of seeds into your yard.
So that might be going a bit far, but they do pop up everywhere. They are by far the most prolific and healthiest producers in my garden, and like I said, I don't take care of them. I let them grow where they are, if they fall over I leave them to decide whether to live or die themselves, and I would never even think of watering them. The treat them mean approach just works.
I ran out.
I had a huge run of them in winter, up to the point of making jam out of them, but I didn't think to plant any more... the old ones died off, and all of a sudden, I was tomatoless. And boy, did I feel it. I was used to grabbing them out of the garden as needed, and all of a sudden, I had to buy them at the shop! It wasn't fun.
So now that I am lucky enough to have them back, I'm not going to let them go again. Tomorrow I'll be out there staking and watering them. Love for my tomatoes is going to shine through... it might just be the end of them :p.
We never do know what we've got until it's gone, do we?