We're talking tomatoes, folks.
Knowing that I don't have the most time in the world this year with wedding planning and such, I knew it would be ridiculous to try and create a proper vegetable garden this year. Instead, I found the City Picker Patio Garden Kit online last week, and much to my surprise at our local Home Depot yesterday, they sold them.
The kit must be pretty popular as there were only two left out of a dozen or more. The staff had opened one kit so that people could use the instructions manual in order to figure out what they needed to buy for it. I grabbed the manual, and away I went:
Potting Mix (not soil!)
Fertilizer granules: not time-released, and the three numbers between 5 and 15.
After heaving those bags into my cart, I returned the manual and went to pick out my plants:
2 Better Boy tomato plants
1 Bush Goliath tomato plant
I purchased the Marigolds as they are easy to grow, and they also help keep pests away from my tomato plants.
Because we keep our privacy fence gates locked from the inside and out, I had to carry all of the bags up stairs, through the kitchen, and onto the patio. It was HOT yesterday, too.
Within a few hours, I had this...
Now the Marigolds and Snapdragon on the left will be transplanted to a larger pot.
The City Picker is in the center: it's a UV-safe Resin base with casters (wheels) so you can move it easily. The black plastic on top is a "mulch cover" or weed blocker. The little pipe in the foreground (if you can see it) is for filling the water reservoir. The City Picker allows the tomato plants to draw water from the base, through the fertilizer and dolomite, and voila! You just pour water into the pipe daily, and when you see water dribbling out of the overflow hole on the side, you stop.
Of course, I plant all of this, and now we have severe weather coming in tonight so I brought my plants inside, and I wheeled my City Picker inside, too (another great benefit!)
I'll let you guys know how it turns out!