Vegetable Garden Yield
Zone 9a Inland Valley, Southern California. I started with 24 various tomato seedling plants. Out of the experimental cat litter bucket containers 9 plants their total yield was just over 4 pounds from just 3 of the plants the rest did NOT produce. When I went to the Tomatomania.com brunch the master gardener stated that you need at LEAST 18 inch width by 20 inch depth to get an adequate yield from containers and the other 40 people attending agreed. The people that attended the brunch were from coastal, central and inland southern california and all agreed that this was a bad year due to the freak heat wave in June. I asked about perhaps starting to keep bees but was told that for my tomatoes it wouldn't be that great of a helper as they self pollinate just by shaking in the breeze. The raised bed tomatoes yielded about 45 pounds total. Best producer was a "Clint Eastwood Rowdy Red" solid 3 inch fruit great for cooking or canning, "Sun Gold sweet cherry", and the Siberian is now the favorite for flavor and a moderate production. The Stupice did well but for the most part but we don't care for the flavor. I know that may sound like a good yield but compared to most years it is HORRID. We had a week in June where it was over 105 degrees F. that killed off the flowers and then we have had a very constant over 95 for most of the rest of the summer. The one zucchini in a pot has produced about a bushel basket full, but in my opinion they are an alien life force and would produce in zero g. The eggplants are producing like wildfire and I expect out of 3 plants to harvest a bushel and a half. This week I put in 2 Glacier tomato plants in hopes of a short growing end of season crop. I have salvaged the plastic buckets used for the tomatos and am using them for my beans that so far seem to be fine being contained.