Don’t have a lot of space for your tomatoes? No problem. Delicious homegrown tomatoes don’t require lots of land. In fact, just one container can yield you a summer’s worth of delicious tangy fruit! And if your looking to save even more space, you can underplant your tomatoes with yummy herbs! Some that you could try: parsley, basil, sage, or thyme.
Growing your tomatoes in containers is super easy! All you have to do is master these 5 simple techniques.
The type of potting soil you choose for container gardening is going to have a huge impact on the plants’ ability to produce an abundance of large and nutritious vegetables. You’ll want to make sure that your container(s) are filled with a good balance of potting soil, a soil amendment, and organic fertilizer. We’d suggest using ‘Master Gardner’s Potting Soil’ as your base potting mix, add in some ‘Bumper Crop’ for use as your soil amendment, and Dr. Earth #5 Tomato, Vegetable, and Herb fertilizer.
Tomatoes are sun-loving plants, so you’ll need to place your tomato in a spot that can give at least 6-8 hours of sunlight per day. This is great if you’ve mixed your containers with herbs, since they are all sun-loving as well!
Make sure to enclose the plants in a sturdy tomato cage. This will help to control their spread, minimizes pests and rot, and allows the sun to reach more fruit, thus resulting in your best possible yield.
Keep the soil evenly moist, but not totally saturated. By mid-summer your going to want to plan on watering daily.
The key to having a good harvest is selecting the right tomatoes! There are 2 terms that you will want to pay attention to when choosing your tomatoes:
1. Determinate: All the fruit will ripen at the same time. This is a plant that bears crops on bushy type plants, so these will need very minimal support. If you feel support is necessary, you can tie the stems to bamboo stakes and securing with loops of twine.
2. Indeterminate: These are plants that tend to spread and require a sturdy support. You will want to use either a traditional round tomato cage or the collapsible version -these allow for easy storage when the growing season is over. Indeterminate tomatoes will bear fruit over several weeks or months.
Husky Red or Gold
Sweet Baby Girl
Design Tip: Use attractive containers and the tomato plants will become a decorative element on your back deck/patio, especially when the fruit begins to ripen with it’s shades of red and gold! Just make sure to find a pot that holds a capacity of at least 15 gallons.