Eco-Experiments: The Vertical Tomato and Herb Garden

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Words & Images by Jay Wen

With much of the garden being mostly shaded out by several large trees on our neighbor's yards, we built an additional top level to the vegetable beds.  The top level gets the most direct sunlight than the rest of the garden.

There are a variety of tomatoes and herbs growing up there this year. So far the running count for tomatoes on all 7 plants are 61 out of all the tomato plants right now. I am really impressed with how many tomatoes we got so far. We picked off about 20-25 green ones off the tomatoes to help the plants focus their energy on the existing fruits still on the vine.  We let them ripen in paper bags in the meantime.