Last year we bought a sickly little tomato plant from the bargain table at Home Depot. It grew to monster proportions, taking over a whole section of garden, and threatened to escape into our neighbour's yard:
It saved us hundreds of dollars at the produce counter; it provided enough tomatoes to share with friends; it taught me that fried green tomatoes taste so much better than they sound and it showed me that an apple pie made out of green tomatoes tastes like the real thing – even if the consistency is wrong!
Because of the epic growth of last year's plant we decided that this year we would grow our tomato in a pot. It was too early in the season for bargain, half dead tomato plants so we paid about $5 for our little tomato, and we bought a fake half whiskey barrel and a wire tomato cage. We had a good laugh at our weeny little tomato after we had planted it – but we hope that in a couple of months it is saying "who's laughing now":