Update on the DIY earth box type garden

Everything in my self-watering containers is doing great! Check out the nice harvest from Thursday. The Brandywine tomatoes are averaging about 11oz each and none are splitting. I usually have a lot of split tomatoes because of uneven watering. With these boxes, the moisture is controlled and consistent. A few of the Sun Cherry tomatoes split, but with them it was due to them being overripe.

While I preferred the unseasonably cool temperatures, the garden definitely likes it warmer.

First fruits of our 2009 garden

I plucked the first cherry tomatoes today! Sun Cherry is this variety and I’d had it in my head that they were a red variety; they’re decidedly orange, however, a warm orange. They could be any color for all I care, for they’re incredibly sweet, especially popped off the vine and directly into your mouth.

I finished tying up the burgeoning vines today. The DIY self-watering container gardens (SWCG’s) each sport four plants and the plants are all lush and covered with fruit.

Because I’d neglected pruning and tying them for a few weeks, a couple vines bant and split. These are on the Brandywine and Cherokee Purple plants and each has a lot of fruit! Even so, there’s enough connective plant tissue there, I hope I can salvage them if I bind the split parts together so they’ll graft.

I moved the two SWCG’s containing the bell and jalapeno peppers, basil and patio tomatoes to the side of our house. The tomatoes in the first two containers were getting so tall, they were beginning to shade those boxes. It was already sunny there by 11:00am and I’m pretty sure that spot will get sun all afternoon.

If not, I’ll just drag ’em back or to another sunny spot. This is another reason to grow your veggies in SWCG’s!

Self-watering container garden

My tomato garden, 8 plants in the space of two Rubbermaid totes! Those are habanero peppers in the pots on the ground.

Tomatillo, basil, peppers and patio tomatoes

Habanero peppers

These were tiny seedlings when I set them out in late May, so they’re actually doing pretty well, considering.

Already have a tomato!

We already have a tomato on one of our patio tomato hybrids. I can’t take any credit for it, though. It was already there when I bought the cellpack of three little plants. I am going to remove it and let the stressed little seedling put its energy into developing a healthy root system in its new digs. I sure hate to pluck it, though!