I've been meaning on doing and update on the hanging tomato baskets for a few weeks now, but just haven't had a chance. To tell the truth, there isn't much to tell. They're growing, but slowly. I wound up putting the smallest tomato seedlings I had in them (for the most part), and it shows. I've picked 5 tomatoes off 7 plants. Total. Really. There are more tomatoes forming, but still. Watering hasn't been a problem. I really think just the cool summer has been the biggest issue.
The plants I have in the ground have been doing MUCH better, but I'm not sure if that is because they are *in the ground* or if it is because they were just bigger plants when I planted them. Truthfully, I think it is because they are in the ground. Gravity has been an issue for these plants, too. Not so much that they want to grow UP (which they do), but because when we water/it rains, the water drains down the stem and then drips off, which for some reason kills all the leaves/foliage down to the drip point. This may have been a contributing factor in their somewhat stunted growth to this point.
We will try them again next year, but I may put the more robust plants I grow in them and see how they do. The plants I know like to ramble, like the Sun Gold cherries and the Ceylon.
3 weeks ago