Farmer Jonco

It’s been years since I had a garden and was hoping to have a small one this year but the landscaping and room renovation made that difficult.

So, this spring on a whim I purchased a tomato plant in a pot at Home Depot. Looks like my $15.99 investment will bear three tomatoes,…so far.  No sign of other buds yet.  I hope they taste good at $5.33 each.

I’ve been watering it every day trying to keep these 100°+ temperatures from frying it.  I’ve done nothing else to it.



16 thoughts on “Farmer Jonco

  1. I can’t believe you paid $15.99 + tax for one tomato plant!
    Swing by here, I have a stand set up in front of the house. 75 cents per pound.
    Honor system, so you can take all that you want.

  2. After many years of promising my wife a vegetable garden I built a raised bed planter (4′ x 7′) over the July 4th weekend and planted two Heirloom tomato plants and some garlic. Now I know I just built it so I am not expecting garlic since that should be planted in the Fall and harvested at the end of Spring. It was just a test to see what happens with the garlic. But the tomato plants might bear some tomato’s by the beginning of Fall. It’s my first time gardening and I am learning. Your’s look good so far. Good luck with it.

  3. are you fertilizing them? tomatoes are pretty heavy feeders and should be fertilized every 2 weeks or so (I use a liquid fertilizer when I water them) – you’ll also want a slightly acidic soil mix and if you are using tap water you’ll probably need to adjust the PH a bit as tap water tends to be a lot more alkaline than tomatoes like. – you might also want to look into how to prune the tomato plant; removing several of the suckers will result in more tomatoes as the plant will put more energy into growing the fruit rather than new stems.

    Also leaving it in the pot that you got from the store doesn’t give the rooms much room to grow; the tomato tends to get pretty top heavy so you’ll want to have some support structure and enough soil in the pot to keep it from tipping over in high winds.

    • grr; I said “rooms much room to grow” – i meant “roots much room to grow”..

      also regarding the water PH – As much as possible I use rain water to water the container plants – I setup plastic barrels at the downspouts of the house to capture water and use that. Plants definetly respond better to rainwater over tap water. – This isn’t “critical” but you will probably see better results if you can. Tap water isn’t ideal but it does work; My tomato plants are much larger than that now and started out from seed in February (indoors) – They are probably twice that size and I’m getting 3-4 tomatoes a week from each plant. –

  4. It’s hit or miss with the plant vendors at HD. I buy from both them and Lowe’s each year and have mixed results. I usually grow 6 tomato plants, 4 types of Bell Pepper and some Habanero or Chile Pequin. Once the 100º weather kicks in, you’re about done.
    There are two types of tomatoes you can buy…they are classified as “determinate” or “indeterminate”, which is on the product label in small print. Here’s how to decide on the best kind that you want to have around for awhile-

    • I’m going to make some adjustments to that when the weather breaks. I can pull it away from the siding.

  5. Don’t water the leaves or else you with have problems with fungal diseases,just water the base around the roots plus you could try Epsom salts …works wonders with my tomatoes.

      • only the roots need the water; when practical you can use a soaker hose or drip irrigation to deliver the water underneath any mulch you have setup, that leads to less evaporation and better delivery of water where it’s actually needed.

  6. Careful with the watering. It looks like your tomatoes are already splitting. This happens with fluctuating temps or watering. The inside of the fruit grows faster than the skin and splits open.


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