One Man’s Genius Idea To Grow Tomatoes!

Are you learning to grow your own sweet, juicy tomatoes? Luckily for you, tomato plants can grow almost anywhere where it is warm and a little damp.

But as with most vegetation that produce a fruit, a little TLC goes a long way. With adequate sunlight, water and patience, you will be greatly rewarded with a six foot tall tomato plant with big (or cherry size), red, or other heirloom colors, juicy tomatoes!

Tomatoes take a long time to grow, so you must have great patience. If you lack vigor for this task, just recall this just like James Bryan: Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety nine percent perspiration!

James Bryan had a bright idea that resulted in something which is nothing short of brilliant. The setup is obviously simple yet highly functional and effective.

Mr. Bryan shares his experience. He says:

I started on May 28th planting 4 tomatoes around a garbage can with holes drilled at the bottom rim and a second row about 10 inches up. Then I buried the can to where the top holes just barely were above the ground and put in 2 shovels full of compost.  

Then I filled the can up with water every 2 days and tried not to water the leaves. These 4 plants became 5 feet and 4 inches tall in less than a month and a half, and were loaded with green tomatoes. There were also about a hundred sets of tomato blossoms.

May 28th


End of June, 3 ft cage


July 9


Bryan first used a 13 gallon kitchen garbage can to grow the tomato plants above, but then he switched to using 5 gallon buckets because they are a lot cheaper asnd easier to find in quantities.

You could even use a larger can as long as you provide each plant with 5 gallons of water per week. For instance, if you use a 5 gallon bucket and plant 2 tomato plants around it, you need to fill the 5 gallon bucket 2 times per week.

I grow tomatoes now for the green market, and I have a higher yield per plant than most other growers do,” Bryan says proudly.

Tomato nutrient breakdown

Tomatoes contain a wide array of beneficial nutrients and antioxidants, including alpha-lipoic acid, lycopene, choline, folic acid, beta-carotene and lutein. Tomatoes are also an excellent source of vitamin C, biotin, molybdenum, and vitamin K. They are also a very good source of copper, potassium, manganese, dietary fiber, vitamin A (in the form of beta-carotene), vitamin B6, folate, niacin, vitamin E and phosphorus.

One medium whole tomato contains around 22 calories, 0 grams of fat, 5 grams of carbohydrates, 1 gram of dietary fiber, 1 gram of protein and 6 milligrams of sodium. It also provides 40 % of the recommended daily allowance of vitamin C, 20 % of the RDA of vitamin A, 2 % of the RDA of iron and 1 % of the RDA of calcium.

Tomatoes are an incredibly versatile food. They are delicious eaten raw, in salads or on sandwiches, and take on a wonderful sweetness when cooked!

Note for future planters: If you are into planting, decide on a support plan before you set out your plants, then add that support directly after planting. Have fun growing your little “diamonds”!