If you’re planting tomatoes in containers you have a little prep work to do before you start. You have to make sure the ground is ready to plant. Prepare the soil by mixing it with a bit of bleach. This will help it stick to the tomatoes. It will also help the soil retain moisture better.
If you’re planting tomatoes in containers, you will need to make a hole in the earth for them. Aim for one that’s at least three to four inches deep, but any deeper than that will work just as well. You can also use regular potting soil, black plastic nursery pots, galvanized metal buckets, or pretty much anything else you have around your house. As long as the container isn’t too big, you can use practically anything as long as it’s large enough for your tomato seedlings to grow in.
Once you have the ground prepared, you need to pick a good container. Some popular choices include glass, concrete, plastic, or terracotta. You want something that will give them plenty of sunlight. The amount of sunlight needed is different for every tomato variety, so you’ll have to experiment a bit to find the right container for your tomato garden.
After you have chosen a good container, you’ll want to lay a simple tomato planter. These are inexpensive plastic boxes that you can get at any garden store. They come with or without sides, and some have only one side. These planters are great because they make cleaning after the plants a lot easier and they keep out dust.
Next, plant two to three plants depending on how many tomato varieties you plan to grow. Place two seeds in the top, then two or three seeds in the middle. It’s important that you plant the seeds about three inches apart, since they need the light from the tops. When you place the box in your garden, gently press it into the soil. Most of the dirt should fit inside the box. Once the little plants are established, just remove them and put the large ones in.
When it comes time to planting tomatoes in containers, the soil needs to be well-drained. This means using a low-moisture fertilizer. The soil in the containers should also drain quickly after watering so that excess water and nutrients don’t remain in the soil and become bogged down. If it doesn’t drain quickly, you might find your plants have dried up and turned yellow instead of green.
You’ll also need to mulch your plants once they’re established. Just mix some organic mulch in the bottom and sides of the pots. This will help retain moisture in the soil and prevent weeds from growing. If you want, you can also use a layer of peat in the bottom to help hold in moisture. The mulch will also help keep the plants cool during hot, sunny summer months.
Finally, you’ll want to fertilize and spread your tomato plants out about three inches deep. Then, just water them well and let them get comfortable. Within a few weeks, you’ll be ready to plant tomatoes in your garden! Remember to water regularly and watch for disease. With a little bit of care, your garden can become an eye-catching site at your next gardening event.
There are lots of other ways to grow tomatoes in containers that don’t include companion planting. Try using raised beds to grow herbs like basil and oregano in containers. Raise the beds to between six and eight feet tall, depending on the amount of foliage your herbs have.
Another method for growing tomatoes in containers is to make your own porous soil by adding sand to potting soil or medium. Then, plant small transplants (just a few leaves) in the sand. Water them well and watch them grow. Over time, the roots will penetrate the soil deeply and will soak up all the moisture it can get. This way, your plants will stay roots-tied and will not get root-bound like when growing tomatoes in pots.
Tomatoes love the sun, so it’s really no surprise that they love containers as well. If you have limited sunlight in your area, planting tomatoes in planters is an excellent idea because they can still enjoy the sunshine by going through the summer months in warm weather. Just be sure to plan your planting space and climate accordingly and you’ll be fine!