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.

New_Container_Garden_Tomates

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

Planter_Box_Tomatos_With_Supports

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

First_Pepper

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

Planter_Box_Tomato

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.

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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.

Container_Plant_Supports_in_Truck

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

Plant_Container_Supports_Cut

I measured and cut them all prior to assembling them.

Container_Garden_Panel_Assembly

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

Adjustable_Planter_Box_Supports

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

Tomato_Plant_Support

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.

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