In late May, I described the set up and use of a very nicely designed self-watering container - the Victory Self Watering Container Kit - from Gardener’s Supply Company; that review can be found here.
Only a month has gone by, and progress is just remarkable. The first Taxi tomato (a determinate variety perfect for this planter), shown above, was harvested and enjoyed in 39 days (!!!) from transplant (and, yes, it was delicious).
Pictures are worth a whole lot of words, and views of both Victory planters are shown below. Both are perfectly healthy, and the self watering nature of the planters has been very welcome in the consistently hot weather being experienced thus far in Raleigh, NC. The planter design removes the need to stake and tie the plants, making maintenance a snap.
The second Victory planter contains a Dwarf Tomato Project variety, Dwarf Sweet Sue, which is a later maturing variety than Taxi. It too is thriving and fruit set is going very well - see below.
All in all, I love this planter!