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06-07-2010, 07:29 PM
My tomato plants are really growing well this year. I've already picked two of them. Sure seems earlier than in the past. How's everone elses looking?

06-07-2010, 08:18 PM
We hope to purchase ours tomorrow and plant them in our grow boxes that wifey and I built out of Rubbermaid storage tubs.

I have built a bunch more this spring for family and friends.

The 4 we built last year flooded us with tomatoes, gave away all we didn't use and we ate a ton of maters last summer.:thumbs up:

I can post my pics here if you wish.


06-07-2010, 08:30 PM
Well of course we wanna see pix Mike!

Mine are growing great but aren't making a lot of fruit yet. we have picked a couple cherry type, but only have two slicers set fruit so far. The little ones seem to be ahead of schedule, but the big ones seem to be a bit retarded.

You pickin' bigguns or little ones?

06-07-2010, 09:24 PM
Here in Florida I been picking for a few weeks but our season gets cut short by hot weather in the summer but in the fall we start over with our gardens :thumbs up:

06-07-2010, 09:29 PM
It's hard to say how well my tomato plants are doing really. It might be that the gov't paid me to not plant on the land that I don't have. But if I did have the land and I did plant tomatos I'd say they be doing outstanding. Best crop I never planted really.

06-08-2010, 07:58 AM
Yesterday morning I had three. One golf ball size, and two fingertip size. After the rain storm, I counted 22 more buds last night. Gotta get some mesh to keep the squirrels out this year.:tap:

06-08-2010, 10:50 AM
Here are a few pictures that I took on May 24th. I have been able to pick 8 or 9 vine ripened ones so far. I have quite a few green ones and tons of blooms so I think mine are doing well. That is a 48" yardstick that I was using for a reference point. I have pictures of my vines from last year and they are about the same. I did not have lots of production last year but they were beautiful vines.

I have a small back yard so have to have 2 spots. These are up against the back of the house and the dirt is not ideal.

06-08-2010, 01:30 PM
Got my idea for my grow boxes last year.



Started out with 2 equal sized tubs, marking the height to remove the bottom of one tub.
I used a 2 gallon plastic paint bucket as I couldn't find a pond basket.
I just drilled a lots of 1/4" holes in it.


Cutting bottom off tub.


Marking overflow holes.

Assembled, hole cut for pail, bottom of first tub inverted with water fill pipe installed.


Hole cut in top cover.

I fill the tubs with Miracle Grow potting soil, add some extra triple 12 fertilizer and some epsom salts.
I covered the top of the soil with a heavy duty trash bag, cut an x into the plastic and plant 2 tomato plants. install cover and snap top on.

We had 4 of these last year and we were overloaded with maters.

I made 6 more tubs this spring and gave away to family members.

We are going to try some peppers and other veggies in these 2 boxes.

Thanks for looking.

06-08-2010, 02:30 PM
That is such a cool idea, Bull! Thanks for sharing the link and your pix!