I have been picking beautiful 1/2 lb ripe tomatoes from my back deck 20 gallon planters here in Atlanta since June 1st. They all seem to taste a little mushy. The plants are very strong,
large and healthy. Do you think too much water is causing this? Any suggestions?
Commented on Jun 20, 2012
My pots are on my back deck which is made of wood and is about 4 feet off the ground. The pot
weigh almost 100 lbs, so I have them all on wooden furniture rollers that are about 5" above the wooden floor of my deck. They have 4 wheels on them so I can move them around. If I didn't have them on these wheeled rollers, I'd never be able to move them. You can barely see the rollers under the blue pots in this photo I took about a month ago.
I have four, 12" square plastic planters on my back deck that I grow tomatoes in. I can see each year, the roots growing out of the bottom of the pot and the roots dangle in the water
saucer I have below each pot. I figured my pot isn't big enough, so I got a deal on these used 30 gal heavy duty plastic barrels that had some sort of fabric stain proofing chemical in. I cut the tops of the barrels off so now that are about 26 " high. My question is: should I line these barrels with say maybe two 3 heavy duty 3 mil thick plastic trash bag liners so the chemical residue won't get into the soil? And also, since I won't have any water saucers to put underneath these barrels, should I drill some 1/2" holes around the bottom and cover with screen and fill the inside of each barrel with about 2" or 3" of gravel rock for drainage? Any other ideas or suggestions? I just am thinking my small 12" pots made my plants grow too tall and skinny since the roots didn't have enough soil..............am I wrong?
Commented on Feb 04, 2012
Good point, I'll plan to make 2 holes, one on each side. Thanks for that tip!!