cherry tomato yields
I'm hoping you tomato growing experts might be able to help me out (I've so enjoyed reading through the forum!). I wondering if anyone might know what kind of yields I can expect from 7 cherry tomato plants planted in really (really) cruddy soil.
I live in a coastal/desert area and so 6 inches down you have essentially sand and the top 4-5 inches is nutrient-less light brown stuff that bakes as hard as cement if not watered. I've started a compost pile but it won't be ready until next spring for putting on the garden. I've got 7 cherry tomato plants in that I started from seed in late June and am hoping will flower and set fruit in October when temperatures drop to non-scorching levels. The plants get 8 hours of sun a day and are watered early mornings and late evenings daily. I read tomatoes like milk and so have been adding in some of that whenever we get tail ends of cartons that have gone off with their water.
I'm hoping they'll produce enough to feed 12 tomato-greedy people (tomato and cucumber salads are a standard breakfast here) but I'm afraid that under these conditions ...any ideas what I might expect?