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[Tomato Dirt #154] 3 Ways to Keep Container Tomatoes Healthy
July 25, 2018

Tomato Dirt Newsletter
Volume 8, Number 19

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Welcome back to Tomato Dirt! A few times a month, we’ll send you this newsletter packed with tips about growing tomatoes and using them.

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FEATURE: Container Tomato TLC

3 Ways to Keep Container Tomatoes Healthy

Growing tomatoes in pots and containers is useful when you have limited space and limited time. Anyone can grow them, whether you live in a tiny condo, on a farm, in suburbia, or in a high-rise apartment. They work on a patio, porch, driveway, greenhouse, walkway, stairway, deck – even in a sunny window.

Follow these 3 tips and you’ll keep your container tomatoes healthy all season long.

  1. Water vigilantly. Container tomatoes have a limited area in which to extend their roots, so they require frequent watering or they will dry out. Check the soil every day. Keep medium evenly moist. When you stick your finger in the soil two inches deep and it’s dry, then it’s time to water.
  2. Follow a fertilizing plan. Watering leaches nutrients out of container plants, so you need to include tomato fertilizer in your container gardening plan to get best results.
  3. Watch for pests.. Certain tomato pests more commonly affect in tomatoes grown in pots than those grown in the ground. Watch for these 3 pests that are especially fond of tomatoes in containers.

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More Tips for Growing Container Tomatoes

Tips for Growing Cherry Tomatoes in Containers Better Boys in Containers: What to Do About Small Fruit How to Fertilize Tomatoes in Pots Tips for Watering Tomatoes in Pots, Containers, and Baskets

That’s it for now. More next time.

Until then, happy gardening!

Kathy with Tomato Dirt
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