|Roma Tomatoes - Bring On The Sauce!|
|A Must Read|
The main theme of this book is Container Gardening. I do grow many of my tomatoes in the ground (as evidenced by the Roma tomatoes), but I also grow a lot of peppers, carrots, radishes, spinach, lettuces, potatoes and soon cantaloupes, in containers. The main reason I grow these veggies in containers is so I can move them to the sunniest spot in the garden, as the year progresses. But growing veggies in containers in Florida, and right now, during our "dry' season, means watering everything every day. There has to be a better way. "The Vegetable Gardener's Container Bible" has an interesting solution I have just experimented with and wanted to share with you. It's basically a self watering system, which is heads and shoulders above my primitive milk jug idea.
First of all take two large buckets. The author recommends feed buckets, but I just used what I had to hand.
|Drill circle of holes in bottom of bucket|
Now you need to make a wicking system.
I just used a sour cream container that I drilled holes into. The two buckets need to sit together snugly, one inside the other.....so you might need to trim the wicking container to make that happen.
Then I positioned the container into the bottom bucket (the one with the rectangle shape), and used a little bit of silicone to stick it to the bottom. Fill container with potting soil.
|Potting Soil in Wick|
|Top bucket view down to Wick|
Now put the top bucket (the one with the circular hole cut out) and place it on top of the "wick."
Fill the top bucket with potting soil and plant. My container has a Tabasco Pepper along with radishes in a circle. The radishes will be ready in 22 days.
Water your bucket from the hole in the bottom. The potting soil "Wick" will take the water up into the potting soil. I plugged my nozzle hole with paper towel because I don't want to encourage the mosquitoes to breed in that nice, dark, standing water reservoir. I will get back with a progress report on how this pans out.