Planting Experiments

Last year was the Year of the Topsy Turvy Tomato Planter. Raise your hand if you actually paid money to try one of these? Not admitting it? Raise your hand if you got stuck with 2 through donations and a Does It Work? segment with KWCH 12. Yeah, that was me! Anyway, the entire experience wasn’t very spectacular. This year we have 2 different types of containers we are trying out in the garden, both of which I think will be better than the poor, ill-fated Topsy Turvy planter.

This herb pyramid is definitely the winner in terms of aesthetics and architectural interest in the garden. It isn’t very big, so there’s not a whole lot of soil in it. In some ways, it seems like an over-the-top strawberry pot. Anyway, we planted a variety of herbs in it. As with most containers, keeping it watered is likely to be the biggest challenge.

Our other experimental planting container are the Smart Pots that I wrote about awhile back. After some deliberation, we planted a couple cucumber seeds, with the idea that the plants can grow up the tomato cage. Then we planted 4 pepper plants around the front. Again – keeping it adequately watered will probably be the biggest challenge, but with the huge soil volume, it should be much easier to keep this one well watered until it gets super hot and windy in July.

About Rebecca

I'm a Horticulture Educator with Sedgwick County Extension, a branch of K-State Research and Extension, located in Wichita, KS. I teach about fruits, vegetables, and herbs.

Posted on May 5, 2010, in Around the Garden and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. Have you ever tried sub-irrigated containers like the EarthBox? I’ve never bought one but have made sub-irrigated containers out of 18 gallon totes and 5 gallon buckets. I’ve had great success with them although I’ve found that the best biggest, plants in my vegetable patch are the ones in the ground (as long as I tend to them well).

  2. Oh yeah, I forgot to ask! Do you have a blueprint or building instructions to make the herb pyramid?

  3. I like your idea to make the herb pyramid, but this need a carpenter to build it, I can’t make It self. it’s bad for me.

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