Tomato Success Kits with customized irrigation

Tomato Success Kits with customized irrigation

Growing corn in a self-watering planter

Lincoln grew corn in a Self-Watering Patio Planter. “I planted eight seeds per container and the yield was two full ears per plant. The variety is Sweet Maple Hybrid from Burpee.

What if you took the concept of “self-watering” a step further by adding a hose to fill the reservoir? Lincoln Mulkey of Santa Fe, NM, has done it. To stay on top of watering chores, Lincoln customized two sections of hose to fill the reservoirs on his Tomato Success Kits.

“I am a lazy urban gardener,” he says. “I watered by hand daily at first, but I found watering with the hose system was a lot easier. Also, it’s easy to winterize at the end of the growing season.”

Final tomato harvest

Part of the last tomato harvest of the year

Lincoln is a longtime gardener who recently moved to northern New Mexico. “Because of the heavy clay soil here, my garden will be comprised of 4-in-1 modules and Tomato Success Kits.” Next season — his second year in Santa Fe — “I hope to add a block wall fence, after which I will construct a permanent raised bed/container garden.”

He uses the Snip-n-Drip Soaker System in his 4-in-1 Modular Raised Bed, where he grew cabbage, peas, carrots, radishes and onions.The Tomato Success Kits were used to grow tomatoes, peppers and corn.