Spring is coming and you may be thinking about growing some tomatoes in your yard. This is a fantastic way to get a whole bunch of tomatoes for very little cost. I love to see people growing food not lawns and this is a brilliant way to grow a ton of tomatoes in a small space. This idea comes from James C Bryan in Kentucky.
On May 28th he started like this:
He planted 4 tomato plants around a pail as pictured above. He drilled some holes in the bottom of the pail and then some more around the outside of the pail, about 10 inches from the bottom. He then buried the pail so the top set of holes were just barely above ground level then added 2 shovels full of compost to the pail. He built a tomato cage around the plants and then simply filled the pail with water every couple days, being careful not to water the leaves.
Only 1 month later his plants were peeking over the top of the 3 foot tomato cage:
The on July 9th he took this next picture and said his tomato plants were 5 foot 4 inches tall, loaded with green tomatoes and had about 100 sets of tomato blossoms. Seems likely James and his family and friends enjoyed an abundance of fresh, juicy, delicious tomatoes that year.
You generally cannot buy tomatoes that healthy and delicious in the grocery store. So I hope you get some inspiration from this post and try growing some healthy foods at home! It’s easier than most people think.
James C Bryan says: “I own a small scale produce farm in KY. I am a firm believer in self reliance and believe that more folks need to learn the skills of the older generation before they are lost.”
Words of wisdom James, thanks!
Healthy, nourishing food is kinda important don’t you think?