Monday, April 23, 2012

Carroll County Grow It Eat It Team to practice High Tunnel Vertical Growing at the Public Demonstration Garden

The Carroll County Grow It Eat It Team will practice vertical growing this growing season.  Pictured above is just one example of the test.  You can see the vertical trellis built to support climbing cucumbers.  Also pictured is a five gallon bucket with small holes punctured in the bottom.  The bucket is placed between tomato plants.  By filling the bucket with water, the plants receive slow but constant hydration (a must for successful tomato crops).


  1. Hmmmmm...interesting tip about the hole-y buckets. I always have the trouble of the tomatoes splitting after a big rain (among the other tomato problems I have!)

    Thanks for the tip!

  2. Donna, the splitting tomatoes are because the inside cells absorb more water than the skin cells. Consistent water should help prevent this.

    1. How many holes should be made in the bottom of the bucket and how large should they be?


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