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The results were amazing. "The tomato plants grew 4 feet tall and I had to use cages to support all the foliage and fruit. My first tomatoes ripened in early July, a month before they normally would in my garden," she says. "Also, I only had to water about half as much as I would in regular planters." Two years ago Margaret grew tomatoes in the four Tomato Success Kits (pink heirlooms, such as 'Brandywine', are her favorites). She also grew eggplant, peppers and basil.
Last year Margaret concentrated on growing tomatoes, and grew so many that she ended up making sauce and giving away lots of the fruit. "I like these planters so much that I even gave one to our neighbor," she says. "She has dogs in her yard so didn't have room to grow her own tomatoes."
Margaret has also turned to Gardener's Supply for help with a couple other tomato-growing challenges. "Blossom-end rot can be devastating to certain varieties of tomatoes such as 'Rutgers', says Margaret. "Rot Stop cleared up the problem fast." Another problem she faced was squirrels in the tomatoes. "They liked the pink tomatoes, but I used the Gardener's Supply Animal Repellent and now they don't bother the fruits."
The Lamie-Santoli house is a traditional colonial that sports Self-Watering Windowboxes. "My husband is picky about how things look, but he approves of the windowboxes. They perform much better than the cedar window boxes we've used before," says Margaret. She loves growing geraniums in the boxes and neighbors often ask what special variety she is growing because they look so beautiful. "And I only have to water them once a week, even in summer."
Last updated: 7/9/19
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