Vickie Rosalli

Vickie Rosalli of Fair Oaks shared this creative solution to no space for tomatoes. She cleared out her side yard and used tree boxes to plant the tomatoes. Leftover lattice serves as trellises.

SacBee Garden: Find room for veggies in forgotten side yard

Published: Friday, Sep. 20, 2013 - 7:00 pm

Sacramento Bee readers share their gardening adventures.

Don’t have room to grow vegetables? Look again!

Vickie Rosalli shares her inventive approach to squeezing more tomatoes out of her Fair Oaks garden:

“I had grown tomatoes on the side of my home over the years in several places with limited success — it was too wet, too shady, or (they became) intertwined in the roses — ouch! Chuck Born from C&N Landscape Maintenance suggested that I clear away the ‘junk’ at the east side of my yard and plant my tomatoes in tree boxes against the side of my house, where the tomatoes would get a lot of sunshine and heat radiating from the stucco.

“I had saved lattice pieces that were left from another project in my yard with the idea that I would make a structure to display my sun faces collection, which I had removed from my fence during my yard renovation. The tomato boxes offered the perfect opportunity for that project. We used the lattice in various sizes and dimensions to provide a place for my sun faces and also support for the tomatoes. As you can see, the result is beautiful and the tomatoes are very happy and producing like crazy in their new home.”

That’s a sunny solution to making space for tomatoes.

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