Tomatoville® Gardening Forums


Member discussion regarding the methods, varieties and merits of growing tomatoes.

Thread Tools Display Modes
Old August 20, 2019   #1
Join Date: Mar 2015
Location: New York
Posts: 155
Default First year raised bed trial

After growing tomatoes and peppers in earthboxes and buckets for 13 years i decided I needed to try something different. I had my buddy build 2 (8x12) boxes with a 33 inch depth.

1) Mistake number one is I didn't realize how much soil would go into them filling them to the top.
2) I planted 16 plants in each and realized that I could not walk around the box let alone reach inside half way through the density of 2 many plants.
3) I staked all the plants with bamboo stakes and tied the tops and bottoms but the plant grew too big too fast and anf the plants pushed tem all over the place.
4) I used 6 plus cubic yards of 8 year old manure and never expected the growth from manure.
5) I will probably have quite a few tomatoes but not sure because I planted June 25 and have never typicall planted later then memorial day.

lexxluthor is offline   Reply With Quote
Old August 20, 2019   #2
cecilsgarden1958's Avatar
Join Date: May 2006
Location: swPA
Posts: 627

Sounds like me. Bought one and put 8 cucumber plants in it. Boy it sure did take the potting soil.
Hybrids Rule, Heirlooms Drool!
cecilsgarden1958 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old August 20, 2019   #3
bower's Avatar
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Newfoundland, Canada
Posts: 6,767

33 inches is beyond imagining where I live. If my veggies get a foot of good soil they're lucky, even in raised beds. In containers you give them a little more but not much.

I've heard it said that tomato roots could go 6-8 ft down in the ground. Not in my ground!
Enjoy those 33 inches!!
bower is offline   Reply With Quote

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 02:55 PM.

★ Tomatoville® is a registered trademark of Commerce Holdings, LLC ★ All Content ©2019 Commerce Holdings, LLC ★