Replacement Tomatoes

Since the spinach has died completely – it is dead and probably better in a raised bed garden – I decided to replace them with some smaller tomato plants.


These are of a variety that seem to be optimized (or advertised) as being good for container gardens.


The support systems I built last week for the tomatoes and cucumbers are doing very well.


My pepper plants, located in between my tomatoes in the planter boxes, are beginning to show. This one is an anaheim.


Now that the tomato plants have supports, I’ve stopped pinching the buds and tomatoes are starting to sprout. This one is Porter’s Dark Cherry.


Time for Tomato Cages

My container tomato plants are tall enough now that they need some support. I wanted to build a support system that would be usable for all of my plant containers.


I bought “hog panels” at the Tractor Supply Store and some inexpensive aluminum conduit to build the support system.


I measured and cut them all prior to assembling them.


I assembled them with small hose clamps to allow me to adjust the height as needed.


Here, you can see how the height is adjustable for the cucumber plants.


This approach also worked well to support the tomato plants. In the past, with a raised bed garden, I simply used a wire cage but since this is on my deck and visible every day, I wanted something a bit more sturdy and attractive.