Thanks to the collection of customer supplied photos on the Garden Patch Grow Box website we have this one taken in Cincinnati, Ohio. How many children ever have the experience of eating a fresh tomato like this in a chain link fence and concrete world? This photo speaks to the realities of urban life. There is no dirt here and if there was you probably would not want to grow in it.
We live in a brownstone in the heart of Downtown Cincinnati, Ohio. There is very little space to plant tomatoes in our back lot and even less sun to do it in. I have struggled for years to get anything to consistently grow back there. This year I decided to try the Garden Patch planter. It allowed me to place the plants directly in our little patch of sun. As you can see they are doing very well.
-Erik & Max B. Cincinnati, OH
When I saw the photo, it immediately reminded me of the PS 102 PONG across the street. If the heirloom tomato plants had been planted on time, they too would be covering the chain link fence like this and already producing juicy heirloom tomatoes. Patience, it will happen! Stay tuned!There is another very important message in this photo. It speaks more loudly than my words. Look at the difference in plant health and robustness between the Garden Patch Grow Box (prior posts) and the top watered drain hole planters. I see this every day in my travels around the web.
Top watering in drain hole planters is the leading cause of weak, spindly and generally unhealthy plants whether edible or decorative. It is clearly an erratic method of container plant irrigation.
Sub-irrigation does make a difference despite all the doubters in the rather dogmatic drain hole community. It is clearly time for our horticultural and botanical institutions to move into the 21st century from whatever prior century they live in.