One Man’s Genius Idea To Grow Tomatoes
A man named James Bryan had a genius idea that resulted in something brilliant. Repurposing fanatics and gardeners behold, keyhole garden, meets drip irrigation, meets tomato cage. The setup is obviously simple yet highly effective and functional. You can whip one of these up for next to nothing, especially if you salvage the fencing.
Bryan said that he started in May 28th, planting 4 tomatoes around a garbage can with holes drilled in the bottom rim and a second row up about 10 inches… buried the can to where the top holes were around an inch above the ground… put in two shovels full of compost… then he poured water in the can every 2 days without watering the leaves… these 4 plants became 5 ft 4 inches in less than a month and a half and packed with green tomatoes and more than a hundred sets of tomato blossoms…
End of June, 3 ft cage
“July 9th after a week of very little rain and record high temps …the plants were full with tomatoes and blooms inside the cage!” – James Bryan via Hometalk
Bryan in order to grow the tomato plants above, he used a 13 gallon kitchen garbage can but later switched to using 5 gallon buckets because they’re a lot easier and cheaper to find in quantities.
As long as you provide each plant with 5 gallons of water per week, you could even use a larger can. For example if you use a 5 gallon bucket to plant 2 tomato plants around it you fill the 5 gallon bucket 2 times a week. Or a 13 gallon can be filled twice yields 26 gallons, so you could plant up to 5 plants around it.
Bryan also said that he know grows tomatoes for the market, and has a higher yield per plant than most other growers.