Here’s a brief update of tomatoes as of 6/27/2014. All 8 tomatoes in caged positions healthy and we’ve had a lot of rain. Fertilized once last week. That might be kind of late. Need to fertilize today.
The two wooden boxes are new planters that can hold two big plants. They are 2x3x1.5=9 cubic feet. The plastic tub planters are only 3 cu ft. The two pictures show caged positions 1-7 of which there are 15 this season. The wooden cage slots have not been installed and they may not be necessary.
Tomatoes buffered by Cleome in caged position 4 and skinny eggplant in caged position 1. Caged position 7 has two habeneros and caged position 5 and 6 (bottom pic) has tomatoes. The caged positions closest to the west which get the first shade are growing the best independent of container size.