James Bryan came up with a great idea which proved to be highly functional and effective. He started planting 4 tomatoes around a garbage can with holes drilled in the bottom rim and a second row about 10 inches, buried the can to where the top holes were above the ground barely, and put in two shovels full of compost. He then filled the can up with water each 2 days, trying to water the leaves. This process started on 28 May. In couple of weeks they grew into 5 ft, 4 inches plants and there are green tomatoes and about a hundred sets of tomato blossoms. At the end of June, the plants were thriving and outgrew their 3 feet cages, with the leaves darkened, signifying the plant was healthy. The bush was dense as well. During the first week of July, the weather was hot and very dry, but the plants are overflowing their cages. There are a lot of foliages and flower blossoms.


After a week of high temperatures and very little rain, the plants didn’t stop thriving. The bushes were loaded with tomatoes inside the cage and full of blooms. James used a 13 gallon kitchen garbage can in order to grow the tomato plants, but later on switched to using 5 gallon buckets. You can use a larger can as long as you provide each plant with 5 gallons of water per week. If you use a 5 gallon bucket and plant 2 tomato plants around it, you will fill the 5 gallon bucket and plant 2 tomato plants around it you fill the 5 gallon bucket 2 times weekly. You may use a 13 gallon can filled twice yields 26 gallons, and you may plant up to 5 plants around it.

The wire openings should be large enough so that you can put your hand through it and remove a softball. The holes should be ¼ inch. There should be 4 holes at the bottom of the bucket in relation to the position of the number of plants you’d like to plant. Go up 2 inches, drilling 8 holes at random intervals, and then another 2 inches, drilling 8-12 more holes. After that another 2 inches up and drill at least 4, but no more than 8 holes at the 6 inch mark. The plants should be watered by filling up the bucket with water in dry times 3 times weekly, but in rainy days do that less often. Be prepared with a good NOP copper fungicide.

He is now growing tomatoes for market and has a higher yield per plant than most other growers.