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jazzy1okc
Oklahoma City, OK

November 4, 2011
3:43 AM

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In the heat of the summer, even in-ground tomatoes and cucumbers have a tough time staying hydrated around here. But you managed to grow both tomatoes and cucumbers in these raised beds this summer so I'm very impressed! I thought that to withstand the heat both plants would need much more "root room". Did you use patio varieties of both plants?

melody

melody
Benton, KY
(Zone 7a)


November 4, 2011
5:40 AM

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Terry's were patio varieties (determinate) Mine was an indeterminate tomato, but it was a cherry tomato. I doubt that a full sized beefsteak would fare as well in the conditions. The planters are deep; the ones we planted the tomatoes in were 11" deep, so they had a good amount of root room. When I pulled the tomato out, the feeder roots were spider webbed all across the planter. The roots didn't infringe on any of the other plants though. I did have to water every day and water deeply.

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