Today icame across 4 wooden crates which seemed perfect for my tomatoes! I rubbed them with vegetable oil and put some woody branches from trimming, some branches from our hazlenut with leaves and some branches from our laurel with leaves. Then a lot of grass clippings, some soil from the neighbors across the street who just had their trees logged for wood, then a sprinkle of bought soil, and the tomatoes.
I topped the tomatoes with mulch using again only grass clippings, but that's what i have...
I also thought i would transplant my basil sprouts in there, but maybse it's better to wait.
I did transplaant a strawberry spinach that i stafted indoors weeks ago and doesn't seem to do much, we'll see..
That sounds like a fun experiment, how big are the crates?
I used to bury a whole, unbroken chicken egg under each tomato plant. I read somewhere that as it slowly goes toward being a 'bad' egg, it releases sulfury gases into the soil, below the roots (i'm paraphrasing.) and the tomato plant gets a boost!
I never had a smelly garden, and my tomatoes always seemed happy.
Good luck with the crates, let us know how it turns out?
You can never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete. -R Buckminster Fuller
The crates aren't too big,, maybe 2 feet long and a foot wide, but i don't have a very good concept of length.
That's super interesting about the egg, i have one more tomato to plant, i might try. Yesterday my son found an egg that had been laid out of the laying crates who knows when. It was a smaller than usual egg, and it rattled. When we opened it, it looked kind of like it was dehydrated or something, it was pretty interesting. It didn't smell bad and the dog ate it...