Last season was not a great year for tomato gardens around the Bay Area. The cool weather yielded a late and smaller than usual crop. This year though, we seem to be having a better year if the tomato plants in my vegetable planter box are any indication. This may be the tomato harvest that will prove that Clint’s efforts were well worth it when he helped me to build by 6’x 2′ planter box (Plans for my planter box and how I got started with an urban vegetable garden can be found here.). My tomato plants seem to be bursting with the start of beautiful tomatoes.
I plan to build a fence around my planter box this season. The previous couple of seasons, more than half of the tomatoes were eaten by various critters before they ripened enough for picking. I also have been using a mix of egg shells and coffee grinds as fertilizer. Clint has espressos every morning so we have a steady source of coffee grinds. I have everything hooked up to micro-irrigation so that even when I am traveling for 2 weeks, my tomatoes are taken care of.
Here’s a quick tour of the “gardens” at Chez Loni’s.
For more resources on how to start your own urban garden, check out my entry on “Venturing into Vegetable Gardening“.