Container Gardening - Grow Your Own Tomatoes
Someone once said "Love is like an April rain that makes the harvest grow." That seems about right. Love is a necessity like food, and growing your own food can be one of the most rewarding experiences a person can have. It brings us back to nature and gives us a sense of sustainability. With the economy the way it is, watching food grow from seed to salad sure does bring hope.
Grow your own tomatoes in Smart Pot containers!
Learn more about which size container to use.
Have you ever tasted a freshly picked-from-the-vine tomato? Cherry tomato? Green Pepper? The problem is that not everyone has room for a garden and thus many may think they cannot have one. Moving from the farm to the city has taken away the ability, the right, to grow your own food. The solution… container gardening.
Container gardening tomatoes is a great way to garden in limited space. There are many ways to container garden and many products out there to help you. The Smart Pot® is one of the best. Here are some tips for your next container gardening adventure.
- Make sure you have enough sunlight. Plants like tomatoes need at least 4 hours of direct sunlight. Make sure your container is positioned optimally.
- Traditional container gardening focuses on smaller fruiting varieties of plants, such as cherry tomatoes. With the Smart Pot® fabric aeration container, you will be able to grow full size tomatoes and other vegetables. Of course, cherry tomatoes and smaller vegetables also thrive in the pot. We hope you will select a variety that performs well in your geographic area.
- Since you have chosen the Smart Pot®, you can have fun with size. Many of our customers find a 10 gallon Smart Pot® is a good starting size for tomatoes. The 10 gallon is large enough to grow a nice plant, but still small enough to be portable. If you want to grow a larger tomato plant, use a larger Smart Pot®. We have seen full size cherry tomatoes grown in a 1 gallon Smart Pot® and the largest beefsteak tomato plant we have ever seen was grown in a 100 gallon Smart Pot®.
Container size is up to you and your space. Plants like tomatoes need a lot of roots to produce a lot of fruit. The Smart Pot® creates those roots by air pruning. With the Smart Pot®, you should be able to grow a larger plant for the container size when compared to plastic containers.
- Make your mix water retentive. Many mixes made for plastic containers are light, made to aerate. But the Smart Pot® is an aeration Container, breathing and aerating at the top, sides and bottom. So the ideal Smart Pot® mix, when compared to a medium prepared for plastic containers is more water retentive. Think of the Smart Pot® as a miniature raised bed. There are many recipes for making a water retentive mix. Ask your local grow store for recommendations. Another great way to treat your container is by top dressing with something like mulch, straw or shredded newspaper to maintain moisture. Water as needed.
- Whether you are growing tomatoes or flowers, growing in containers requires fertilization. There are many nutrients and fertilizers, both organic and not, available. Consult your local grow store for recommendations which will be best suited for you and your plants.
- When your neighbors see your tomatoes or peppers, be prepared for an unannounced visit. Go ahead and prepare your answer now for the inevitable question, “How did you grow that?” Then sample some homegrown tomatoes, carrots, cucumbers or parsley fresh from your Smart Pot®.