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Tower of Tomato

Posted in Garden Diary by Jane Griffiths on the November 2nd, 2010

Before I left for Turkey, I sowed loads of tomato, eggplant, basil, chilli etc seeds in seed trays and left detailed watering instuctions with trusty Hlonipani. However, one small detail I forgot to mention, was to turn the trays regularly. I arrived home to horizontal seedlings that had headed for the light!

My plan for the tomatoes was to use the large boxes I had scavenged from The Garden Shop. I saw these being tossed earlier this year and asked if I could have them. When Greg asked me what I was going to use them for I said I had no idea – but they were such great boxes they couldn’t simply be thrown away!

Faced with this huge amount of tomato seedlings, I hit on the idea of building a tomato tower. We piled them up on the paving next to the pool – where it holds the heat until well after dark, something tomatoes love. Jacklin Organic delivered a bakkie load of Ecopost (click here for more). We mixed it with topsoil and then built a support frame from bamboo which we cut from a friend’s rampant garden.

A simple drip irrigation went in and finally the tomato seedlings.

They are looking fantastic!



I have planted a wide range and these are the earliest tomatoes I have ever had in my garden. They must ripen now!!

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