A closer look of the carnage!! I might be able to salvage the single stalk in the middle but all the offshoots need to be cut off, I'm just having a hard time going through with the actual cutting......
BUT - there is a glimmer of hope on my deck - my nieces tomato plant that I was terrified of killing is actually sprouting a flower that might actually turn into a tomato! I totally wasn't expecting this. I never thought the little plant would survive in my care, hopefully it will do well over the next little bit until I hit my SIL's house again and bring my niece her (not dead) plant!!
Apparently I CAN grow strawberries though! I have three big pots that have all given at least a few strawberries that the girls have been able to eat and all three have a ton of blooms on them and quite a few strawberries that are growing! I'm super excited about these - so are the girls they keep asking to go out and water them and can't wait to eat them! I still have to plant them in a planter box since I don't think they'll survive the winter in their original pots but I can deal with that closer to the fall.
I might bust out my AeroGarden in the fall so the girls can have another try at growing Tomatos and I don't have to worry about hail, wind or lack of water with that! Plus its pretty neat to be able to eat fresh tomatos in the fall and winter.