The Lone Survivor
The tomatoes we have produced were full of splits, which is too bad because the flavor was good. Unlike last year, when we had a bumper crop in the drought, this year we've had the usual Florida afternoon gullywashers and the 'maters are a-sufferin'. You'd think the opposite would be the case, but controlling the water seems to work best for us. Yeah, we garden well in droughts. Go figure.
Hubmeister first planted a vegetable garden when we lived in the Atlanta area. We couldn't believe the stuff we could grow in that mixture of red clay and potting soil. To cheer me up after moving here, he immediately planted some herbs. There's nothing like the scent of fresh basil to put you in a good mood.
Then he discovered the Earth Box. The Earth Box is a convenient little gardening system that has a self-watering feature. You fill up a reservoir with water and it seeps into the soil all day. No more standing in the yard, cursing the hose as it coils around your leg while your head gets buzzed by man-eating mosquitoes. Last year we put our tomato plants in them, and they did so well that we did it again this year.
We also planted all the herbs in an Earth Box, except for rosemary, which is still cranking in the ground.