Container Garden Update — September 6, 2015

by A.J. Coltrane

Previous post here.  September 7, 2014 post here.  September 8, 2013 post here.

This week the weather reverted to what most people think of as “Seattle weather” — Cloudy and wet, and not very warm. Still, we harvested 27.9 pounds of produce this week. Below is 27.2 pounds of it:

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Closeup 1.  Oregon Spring, Taxi, Tigerella, Sun Gold, Sweet Million:

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Closeup 2.  Romas (6.2 lbs):

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Closeup 3.  Peppers – Carmen, Iko Iko, Lipstick, Yellow Bell:

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Closeup 4.  Tomatillos (4.2 lbs):

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Closeup 5.  Cosmonaut Volkov, Black Krim (far right), King of the North peppers:

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Outside, the tomatoes are winding down:

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Sun Golds:

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The radishes seem to enjoy the rain:

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2013 total weight to date:  123.3 pounds

2014 total weight to date:  154.9 pounds

2015 total weight to date:  229.6 pounds

I’m not sure how much is left on the plants. We may come out really close to last year’s total of 269.4 pounds.


The “2015 Tomato Race” standings (one plant of each):

Type Weight (lbs) Weight (g)
Taxi 20.4 9265
Black Krim 17.4 7893
Roma 15.7 7138
Oregon Spring 15.3 6930
Sun Gold 12.1 5498
Tigerella 11.4 5169
Cos. Volkov 8.1 3697
Sweet Million 7.7 3475


Visit Daphne’s Dandelions, host of Harvest Monday.

4 thoughts on “Container Garden Update — September 6, 2015

  1. Beautiful harvests – such a great variety of tomatoes & peppers! I’ve had tomatillos on my grow list for a while, but haven’t been able to squeeze them into the plan yet – hopefully I’ll be able to make some space for them next year.


  2. I’m always amazed by how much you can grow in your containers. I’ve grown tomatoes in containers years ago, but it was so much more work than in the ground.


  3. I’d guess the combination of self-watering containers and a hot concrete patio explains most of the good tomato growth. It also may be that the concrete pad absorbs more heat than regular dirt, and it releases the heat as the air cools off, and the tomatoes like it.

    It was relatively hot here this summer, and most of my friends and neighbors reported poor growth of basically all vegetables. The only thing I can think of is that their plants got frequently dehydrated and stressed. We had to fill the water reservoirs twice a day, but that meant that there was never a period when our plants didn’t have access to all the water they wanted. Hence the growth.

    That’s my theory anyway. (Note that the tops of the containers are covered in plastic, limiting the evaporation.)

    And I’ll do a Container Garden High 5 — No weeding. Efficient water use. Good yield relative to the garden footprint. We’re limited on space, and what we can grow and when, but the trade offs seem reasonable so far.


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