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[Tomato Dirt #283] What your container tomatoes need to succeed
May 18, 2023

Tomato Dirt Newsletter
Volume 13, Number 11

Dear Tomato Dirt reader,

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

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FEATURE: What Your Container Tomatoes Need to Succeed

Container tomatoes present a few unique challenges when compared with growing tomatoes in a garden plot.

For one thing, you need to water containers on a consistent schedule – even daily during the height of summer. A container tomato plant cannot extend its roots more deeply into the soil, so you need to make amends for that.

Garden tomatoes, on the other hand, grow deep root systems and can thrive when watered in tandem with local rainfall.

Yet another issue: staking.

Container tomatoes don’t have that luxury of sprawling across the garden floor. Typically, they’re in a limited space. Plus, tomatoes in pots have balance working against them ..

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Get the Dirt on Container Gardening

Even if you don't have a lot of time for gardening, you can still have a fresh produce.

How? Grow veggies in containers. It's the shortcut to a plentiful harvest.

Our good friends at Gardener’s Supply have put together oodles of helpful information about growing tomatoes, edibles, and flowers in containers .

Here’s a quick start guide to the best crops for container gardening .

You can also watch this quick video about how to put together tomato grow bags and take a look at to decide what you’d like to grow.

And you can browse different kinds of pots, containers – even self-watering planters to choose one that’s best for you. Have fun!

More about Growing Tomatoes in Pots

How to Choose Containers for Growing Tomatoes in Pots How to Choose a Potting Mix for Growing Container Tomatoes 5 Tips for Planting Tomatoes in Pots What to Look for in a Patio Planter

That’s it for now. More next time.

Until then, happy gardening!

Kathy with Tomato Dirt
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