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.
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.
Tomato plant in a container.
So much better than tomatoes in white 5 gallon buckets.
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?