Saturday, May 15, 2010
New tomato planter
The second weekend in April, I built a new planter for tomatoes and basil. It's very easy to build simple wood boxes. I use redwood 1x12 for the sides, attached with nails and wood glue. Whether you are putting a planter box on concrete or soil, there is no reason to put a bottom on it — leaving the bottom off helps with drainage anyway. Before filling with soil, just line the bottom of the planter with a layer of cardboard: this will keep the soil from washing out before it has compacted and caked, and eventually will just decompose into the soil.
Tomatoes and basil grow well together, so plant them next to each other. We put in a golden cherry tomato and an early girl: both are "indeterminate growth", so with luck we can convince them to climb the climb the trellis, made from redwood 1x1 and 1x2.