Ever since I decided to convert exclusively to box gardens, I have discovered I am actually having much more success growing certain plants than I did when I had a more traditional garden. This includes tomato plants, something I couldn’t even get to grow prior to making the switch.
However, as it turns out, even though I did ultimately have some success with that, it wasn’t something that occurred right away and, ultimately, I didn’t see real results until I made some changes based on three things I learned through trial and error.
First, it’s best to limit yourself to one tomato plant per box. I didn’t actually go overboard the first time I started out growing tomatoes in my box gardens and, at most, had two per box. However, mostly because of the need to hill up around the plants as they grow, I realized it is much more convenient and effective to have just one plant and, ultimately, planting less plants actually resulted in me getting more tomatoes overall.
Second, it’s important to keep the soil as wet as possible. This is typically the case with tomatoes to begin with. However, box gardens do tend to dry out faster and, as a result, I found it was best to take the time to water the tomato plants two or three times each day depending on how hot it was. I also try to hold the moisture in a bit longer by covering the dirt with leaves or old newspaper. That way, I don’t have to come home from work to drooping tomato plants.
The last thing I learned was it’s best to keep the gardens as portable as possible. Tomato plants love the sunlight and my back yard tends to get a lot of shade during the later part of the growing season. This is why I make sure the box gardens are designed to be easily moved. That way, when the sun does shift a bit, I can just move the plants so they get enough light to continue growing.
Prior to making these changes, I was lucky if I got enough tomatoes for a few salads. After the switch, I started growing enough to start canning them and, with very little extra work, am able to save quite a bit of money as a result. If you decide to grown tomatoes in a box garden, I recommend keeping these things in mind.