Deck Tomato Update

POSTED Sun Aug.26.2012 by Dave Seah UNDER Condominium Gardening TAGGED

I first wrote about the deck tomatoes in mid-June. It’s been 2.5 months since then, so here’s an update.

tomatoes July 3rd – Two weeks of growing, the sub-irrigation tomatoes are looking good.

tomatoes July 7th – First flower buds appear on the sub-irrigation planters.

tomatoes July 9th – About to head to California for a week of work, deployed these capillary house plant feeders to keep the upside-down tomatoes watered.

tomatoes July 29th – First sign of tomatoes growing on the sub-irrigated tomatoes.

tomatoes August 8th – The upside-down tomatoes finally show flower buds, a whole month later. This is due to the reduction of sun and lack of consistent watering with the upside-down planter design.

tomatoes August 8th – Here’s the state of the upside-down tomato plant. You can see how the design of the planter actually shades the plant too much until it gets to a certain size.

tomatoes August 13th – The upside-down planter flower finally open.

tomatoes August 16th – In the meantime, the sub-irrigated planters are doing pretty well. That first tomato from July 29th is now the size of my thumb.

tomatoes You can see how much taller the plants are compared to 6 weeks ago. I had to start tying the plants to the supports, and then run stay lines like the rigging of masts on a sailing ship to keep everything from falling over.

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August 20 to 23 – More and more tomatoes appear on the sub-irrigated tomatoes. There are at least 15 or 16 of them, all growing. I now need to water the tomatoes every day…they are very thirsty.

tomatoes The current size of the tomatoes. I wonder when they’ll start changing color?

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