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The evolution of a tomato:


It’s hard to describe just how much tomatoes love their self-watering containers, but these photos speak for themselves:

They went from this:



To this:

Evo - tall babies


To the great outdoors:

Evo - outside


Where they grew:

Evo - half way there


And became monsters: (notice no more window, they’re easily six feet tall)

Evo - jungle


And finally, finally weeks after they were expected they produced actual REAL tomatoes:

 Evo - actual tomatoes


This has been a very trying year for many gardeners and farmers. From late blight in many areas to a very late start to the season up north, from late thaws to a cold and windy and rainy summer, it seems like everything was stacked against poor crops this year. Probably this is, because I started a garden. But I’ve taken a look at many a friends’ garden patch to see how their ‘maters are doing, and after doing that I’m especially impressed by mine.

Most tomatoes around here hover around two feet tall, with a few tomatoes on each plant. This is owing to poor clayey soil, insufficient water, chilly nights and a short season, but my plants have persevered and are easily the tallest I’ve seen outside the greenhouse.  They started producing quite late, due to a cold summer, but if there’s any hope of a warm September, I may even see a few of them ripen. Here’s hoping!


9 comments to The evolution of a tomato:

  • Your plants look SOOO healthy! Congrats! And do it again next year!

  • My WEEDS completely rival your tomatoes!


  • Wow! Congratulations, Tanya! I tried one self-watering and self-fertilizing container several years ago. Those tomatoes didn’t do well, so I stopped using it. After your post, I might try it again next year!

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    @ LynnS – thanks! I will definitely repeat, and knowing myself, add to the project. I have a much better grasp of what to plant now, how much, and the weather can only improve from this year, so full speed ahead!

    @ Brown-Eyed girl – hey man, I got weeds too, don’t you worry! I just try not to promote them on the blog so that other’s don’t want to join their lush retreat…

    @ Tatyana – thanks so much! I know tomatoes like to drink a LOT, and I can be a bit forgetful about watering daily, so I thought this would be the answer. So far they’ve been wonderful – as the photos attest.

  • I’m soooooooooooo jealous! I have eight scrawny plants that will yield just four small tomatoes 🙁

  • Your tomato seedling grow light looks like it worked very well! I like the silver bubble wrap that reflects the light, great idea.

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    @ Teena – it HAS been a very rough year! What I’m worried about is an early frost. They’re nowhere near ripe, and September is sadly upon us.

    @ Kochsgarden – thanks! Our March days (when I have to start them) are SO short that the growlight is pretty much mandatory. The silver wrap was kicking around from some earlier project so I used it as a reflector until I got a BIG light. Due to a crappy spring they were indoors till mid-June, so I had to do it. 🙂

  • Holy Wowzers!

    Glad to see I can access your blog again! Was it down a few days or something on my end, perhaps… well, gorgeous tomatoes. And there you weren’t even sure you’d get anything to grow, you not only succeeded, you reign.

    YAY again… wish i could come have Tia Tomatoes with you. Alas, I’ll send Tomatoe hugs from afar.

    So – is this because you have planted in top soil rather than Calgary’s clay natural earth??

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    @ Alison – must have been at your end, I didn’t see any problems here. And yes, yes they did grow, although now it’s a waiting game to ripen :). It was an admittedly poor growing year here, but I realized that if I had to say, survive for some reason from the garden, it would have to quintuple at least. We simply don’t produce as much as warmer climates here.

    The tomatoes owe their growth mainly to the self-watering containers. The soil they sit in dips down to the water reservoir below them, and they can drink as much as they want, uninterrupted.

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