I set up the Earthbox for early tomatoes today (17 April 2011), using Miracle Grow potting mix, Espoma lime and fertilizer. Growing Polebig from Pinetree seeds and a saved seed Cherokee Purple (seeds started 27 Feb). Plants are a good size and I've been hardening them off. Pix show the EB and lettuce (all the seeds moved to the middle in rain!)
Early tomatoes still growing, new tomatoes planted (salsa toms and two more cherokee purple) and a bonus pix of the rhododendron blooming on the shady side of the house. Polebig set tomatoes on 29 April.
30 May Update: Polebig toms still not ripe, guess they follow the 40 day set-to-ripe rule. Salsa toms set 27 May.
7 June 2011: First tomato starting to turn!!
11 June 2011: First ripe tomato picked (43 days from tomato set to ripe), second almost ripe tomato eaten by squirrel. Sprayed hot pepper wax on tomatoes (would rather spray it on squirrels!)
3 July 2011: First ripe Cherokee Purple. No more squirrel problems for now!
13 July 2011: Tomatoes are starting to come in full force. Here's a sample of some of the varieties I grow-
...And a Cherokee Purple and Marianna's Peace tomato for dinner:
Year end summary: Polebig did not set many tomatoes - Cherokee Purple actually was a better early performer. Cut down tomato plants in early August. Stink bugs got the tomatoes and I went on vacation in mid-August. Earthboxes in the garden was a really bad idea. They did well until mid July and then rapidly declined within two weeks. I believe that putting them out where I've grown tomatoes for the past ten years exposed them to too much built up fungal disease. Very disappointing. I did start two late tomato plants which on 2 Oct are setting tomatoes - I may at least get some cherry tomatoes...