Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association

Coastal and Tropical South

March, 2010
Regional Report

Favorite or New Plant

'Tumbling Tom' Tomatoes
Available in tasty red and yellow varieties, these container or hanging basket tomatoes are easy for everyone to grow. The vines may trail as long as 2 feet and are loaded with cherry tomatoes for weeks. I especially like the yellow 'Tumbling Tom' for its sweet, almost citrusy taste that makes it a perfect vegetable kebab. If you've been tempted by the upside down tomato grow bags, this might be the tomato for you. Not just a clever name, this pair of container varieties delivers an ideal salad tomato with a thin skin that just cannot ship well. You'll have to grow them yourself!

Tool or Gardening Product

Eleanor's Garden Container Gardening Kit
Growing vegetables in containers gives you more control over soil, water, and sunlight conditions. However, decks, patios and porches sometimes suffer from the abundance of water that floods through the pots and onto the surfaces. Eleanor's Garden focuses on that issue with its drainage system and offers a compact, portable growing area arranged in clever interlocking square foot containers. The kit was recently awarded the Mail Order Gardening Association's Green Thumb Award for superior garden product introductions. For more information, visit


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