Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Tub o' Tomatoes

Tub o' tomatoes

After all that prepping, we got three tomato plants into the tub. This tub is pretty cool and I'm sure it's had quite a history. We live in an old house (circa 1860) and we have spent about 8 years really working on renovations and it's finally looking pretty great and we love being home to enjoy it.

This tub used to be in the bathroom and we thought about refinishing it with a kit from Home Depot when we saw the cost of a new cast iron, clawfoot tub a few years ago. However, prices came down and we decided to get a new tub. When we turned over the old tub, we saw information about the company who made it and the year. You can see a shot of it here.

Updated 3/26/08: Abe made a good comment about how we're going to water this. We put bricks and then a layer of gravel on the bottom for drainage and the drain is open. We'll see how it works out. We've water lightly everyday now. Once the full Texas heat arrives for summer, it means a lot more water everyday.

10 comments:

Kris McCracken said...

We used to grow zucchinis in an old bathtub. Very good for the job at hand!

Rambling Round said...

It makes a nice, decorative planter.

alaya said...

this is funny :)
good luck with the tomatoes.

brian said...

Very cool post! i want to get a clawfoot tub for my home also, but think your re-use of this one is a great idea! it's neat to also think that 'Kohler' has been in business for so long - i've seen some people plant things in toilets in their yard, but your application is much more appealiing. ;)

Thiên said...

It is funny but we like it. :) We're going to pass though, on the toilet as well Brian.

oldmanlincoln said...

I would be interested in seeing how you water this or how often? It is hard to do I think. You should get a lot of tomatoes off these three plants. I don't know what you do on bath night. Nice photography.

Abraham Lincoln in Brookville, Ohio.

Jilly said...

Great planting and what a great idea to use the bath. Don't forget to post again when you've got it laden with delicious tomatoes.

Love the sign underneath the bath.

J.C. said...

Thien,I love gardening and it's great to see you sharing with us your gardening activity half way across the other side of the globe! As Jilly said, do post photos of the tomatoes when they start growing on those 3 plants! Can't wait to see them!

And to answer your post on my blog, I enjoy reading David Baldacci's thriller! My sis introduced his book to me and now I can't resist his work! :o)

Z said...

Wow, planting tomatoes already?! :-)

Did you see my post of how old tubs are used around these parts?
http://basedinvilligen.blogspot.com/2008/03/trough.html

Lynette said...

Don't wait too long to put the tomato cages around your gorgeous plants. I did once and had a time getting them situated without damaging my gorgeous plants. Enjoyed browsing your recent posts, too.