Thursday, June 13, 2013

Grow Tomatoes In 5 Gallon Buckets

I started seeds indoors several months ago, but they were really slow growing, so I went out and bought a few larger plants so we could have tomatoes sooner.  I put the small tomato plants outside in larger containers and they have grown up pretty well. 

Problem is....I ran out of space. I only have one 4 x 8 raised bed in our North garden set aside for tomatoes and 6 tomato plants are already planted in them . 

So, what to do...what to do.

Choice one is to give the extra plants away.
Uh, in my neighborhood, that's not going to happen. 
Seems vegetable gardens are, uh, not too popular.

Choice two is to just throw them away...but I just couldn't do that.

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Choice three is to plant them in 5 gallon buckets. (Mr. Fanatic drilled 4 drain holes in the bottom of each bucket)
I just happened to have a few of those, so I mixed up 1/3 compost of 2/3's dirt(I bought 2 bags). I also add some crushed egg shells and Epsom salt to the hole where the plant goes. 

Uh, the buckets are NOT going to cut it  since they are on the driveway and my neighbor can see them from their front yard. Not that my sweet neighbors would say anything, but I don't want to look like, well, that I'm growing tomatoes in buckets.


I just happen to have some burlap, so I cut a piece and wrapped it around the bucket and safety pinned the back. 
Voila! 
Tomato plant in a container. 
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So much better than tomatoes in white 5 gallon buckets.
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Tomorrow I will cut a stake for each container and Mr. Fanatic will hook up some irrigation to the buckets/ er, containers.  I also plan to try to keep these tomato plants trimmed and pruned in order to try to keep them neat. We'll see how that goes. Ever see how crazy tomato plants grow?

Gardening is an experiment. I like to try new things...
...maybe it will work, maybe it won't. Ya never know.

If all goes well, we'll get a few juicy tomatoes out of this experiment. That is, if the squirrels, deer and other critters don't get them first.

Have you ever grown tomatoes in 5 gallon buckets?
Please share!

Pam

8 comments:

  1. Love the idea of the buckets, it looks great. We havn't grown in buckets, but ours are going wild in the garden. Tons of tomatoes. Hugs, Marty

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  2. That is a great idea Pam!! I grew some patio tomatoes years ago, but not lately. I'm just getting some plants in the ground believe it or not.

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  3. I've grown standard indeterminate tomatoes in plastic pots that were just a bit larger. They can become potbound, but you should get a pretty good yield. As for the critters, especially the deer, try some Milorganite sprinkled on the ground around the planters and some around the plant itself, of course. It's made from the poo of the people of Milwaukee, and in my experience is a great fertilizer as well as a deterrent. I just got some more at Pike Nurseries so I know you can get it there.

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  4. This is such a coincidence...I planted three tomatoes in a huge pot today as I have very little sun in most parts of my backyard. I have them on the patio which gets a lot of sun. I planted marigolds around them to keep the bugs away and make the pot look pretty. I tie them up in intervals as they get tall and then pinch the centers of the leaves when they are really tall and then they stop growing up.

    Your burlap idea is wonderful. That would look really cute on just about any pot! We have a squirrel problem here, they snatch the tomatoes off the plants, decide they don't like them and leave them with bite marks all over the yard. Maybe with the pot so close to the house they will leave them alone.

    How is your garden coming along this year? I haven't seen you post in awhile.

    XO,
    Jane

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  5. My parents grew tomatoes in buckets. I never thought it would work but it was great.

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  6. Wonderful idea Pam... no, you just CAN'T throw that kind of thing away! I've started some perrenials from seed this spring and oh my, it is taking forever. I'm just not that patient! Well, they are just about ready to go in the ground, but now I have my chipmunk problem! Have to cover them with netting and spray regularly. We will see!

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  7. Great idea! I love their burlap cozies too. :)

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  8. I tried growing in 5g buckets here in Arizona. They worked OK from Feb - Mar . But when the sun beat down on the buckets all day it tended cook the roots quite well. The burlap would be a good way to beat the heat - thanks

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