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This shot above was taken by me on my patio and is a Tomato growing in a container that is around 1 month of age. (please share this image at Pinterest)
Karin my daughter started this from seed and it has a few brothers and sisters in other containers. We have been blessed with a beautiful warm spring and we are now into our second week.
Last season we had a Tomato virus and it was being sPread by the insects. I believe that I picked up the virus by purchasing seedlings at a local nursery. So, now we only sprout from seed at home and really enjoy going through all the stages.
Now we are into stage 3, as we have germinated the seeds and transplanted them 3 times into their final containers.
Tomato Container Gardening "What are the Stages?"
Stage 1: Place your seeds into a small container about the depth of the seed, keep moist and warm until they start to sprout.
Stage 2: Once they get their 3rd set of leaves or the roots are filling up the small container transplant into a larger pot about 2 inches in diameter. Nice deep post are recommended so you get a long straight tap root.
Stage 3: Once the roots have filled the container move your Tomato into it's final container. Preferably a self watering container and no smaller than 15 inches (30 -40cm) in diameter
TIP: Keep the roots moist and away from direct sunlight when transplanting. Soak in liquid seaweed to help avoid rootshock.
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Grow Tomatoes The Natural Way
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Today, I want to talk about how I grow Tomatoes on the Patio (veranda) at home. You see I grow mine just a little different to most as I don't remove the suckers. I just like to keep them short and stocky.
This way I dont have to worry about strong winds ripping through my Tomatoes and shredding the leaves and knocking off fruits.
Also, by keeping them leafy it forms its own natural wind break.
I also like to use Tomato seeds from Tomatoes that I buy from the local market. These types of Tomatoes grow well in my region, I figure the Tomato farmers know what they are doing.
The taste from a home grown Tom is just so darn delicious as its full of all the natural sugars and the great thing is that you don't have to pick them when they are green, such as the farmers do.
I do recommend that you have at least 3 stages for your Toms such as the seedlings, established seedlings and your mature plants. This way you will always have an abundance of fruits.
Another tip is to grow a few different varieties and see which one perform best. Also, I recommend that you collect seed from the best performing plants and store and save the seeds the way I recommend to in the video!
I also have designated an area in this website to Growing Tomatoes ,there is quite a few pages of content for those who love to grow this sweet red fruit!
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These are Tomatoes are nearly ready to be picked and are the first of my winter patio crop!
Welcome to my blog post 10 Tips for Growing Tomatoes in Pots. Growing healthy plants in your own garden is a very satisfying and gratifying activity to do, especially when you really worked hard for it from seeds to fruits. Some people even consider this activity not only to save money or gain money, but also as a way of releasing stress in form of a therapy.
One of the best fruits that can be grown easily and almost accessible everywhere are the tomatoes. Tomatoes are the all time favorite for gardeners both experienced and beginners alike, and the all time favorite place to grow these deliciously attractive fruits are in the yard. Yes, a right space in the backyard plus a few knowledge in growing tomatoes can really help you start up.
But wait! A few knowledge could also mean disaster to your plants, easy as it it to grow the tomato, still it has special needs that you must provide the plant with to strive. Special needs such as right amount of water, light, ventilation, food, space, and tender loving care is really necessary.
Here are 10 tips for growing tomatoes in pots that may help you have a successful gardening experience.
1. Your seedlings have now reached into their fourth leaf and are ready to grow into larger containers?
2. Replant your tomatoes on cool day or afternoon away from strong light and wind.
3. Water your seedlings until nice and wet. Don't drown them though!
4. Place two to three seedlings in each container. The strongest one is kept, with weaker pulled out later or potted into another container.
5. Why? Because Tom’s just love to grow together and provide warmth and a mini micro climate!
6. First fill your pot to approximately half full.
7. Grab your seedling keeping as much soil on the roots as possible. Don't shake off all the potting mixture!
8. Keep the root nice and straight and place into the container. Then fill the pot while holding the plant, covering the roots.
9. Now, fill in around the plant, keep the first set of leaves just above the soil line.
10. Water the container until the water is flowing freely.
But that does not stop there, for more information and to see the rest of the tips that will assure you a successful tomato gardening feel free to visit my resource page, just click Growing Tomatoes in Pots to access the page, Thanks for visiting my blog post and have a healthy gardening!
Assess the length of the tomato you are planting If the plant or stem is too long you can dig just a shallow trench that at least 6 inches of the stem is above the ground and eventually it will just rise up
See you there!
Welcome to my video blog post Growing Tomatoes In Containers and Pots!
This can be incredibly rewarding, especially if you love the taste of fresh Toms from the garden.
I have been doing this for years now and just love it!
Today I wanted to provide you with some great resources to help you find all the information that you need to you started.
Believe me you won't have to waste your money on any E-books as the information is pure gold!
I know you are going to really enjoy this!
The first resource is from a Hub in Hubpages it has a few videos and loads of tips to get you started!
Here it is Growing Tomatoes In Pots
Below I also dug up this cool article, so I added it below for you to get more information to plan success!
Tips For Growing Tomatoes In Containers
Successfully growing tomatoes is not limited to homeowners who are fortunate enough to own a large plot of ground. You, too, can enjoy full-flavored homegrown tomatoes if you live in an apartment or townhouse, even in the heart of the city. Growing tomatoes in containers is an easy way to employ your green fingers and enjoy fresh veggies no matter where you live. However, before you dash to the nursery to buy pots and seedlings, there are a couple of things you should know about how to successfully grow tomatoes in containers.
The first consideration when you are choosing the pots for your container garden is size. While some crops, like onions and herbs will grow well in more shallow containers, most plants including tomatoes will do best in at least a five gallon pot that will provide adequate space for the root system. However, you are not limited to the traditional flower pots for your container tomato garden. Check out the variety of buckets, pails and window boxes. Look at recycling containers that you have around the home including wooden packing cases, large cooking pots, half wine barrels and more. The main factors to keep in mind when choosing your container are to choose a substance that is nontoxic, and will provide adequate drainage for your plants. If you are using a solid based pot you will need to add drainage holes at the bottom. If you choose a porous material like timber you will be able to line the timber with plastic to make it waterproof but the timber will probably rot anyway. However, recycled timber containers can be useful for growing tomatoes for one season.
If you are using pots that have been used previously for other plants it is important to scrub them out well before use. This is necessary to remove any soil-born diseases that might be present.
Choosing your Location
Sunlight is important for the growth of all plants, and this includes your container-grown tomatoes as well. Most crops will require at least five hours of direct sunlight a day, so make sure your growing area can accommodate this need. Also try to choose a spot that is sheltered from the wind, since strong gusts can damage new plants and dry out the soil quickly. Once you have selected the area for your tomato containers it is time to start preparing the pots.
Preparing Potting Mix
Good soil and regular feedings are essential for container-grown tomatoes, since they will not be able to get nutrients from the ground. Peat-based potting mixes are generally a good choice for this style of gardening and you can find an excellent variety of commercial products available for this purpose at your local nursery or garden center.
Seeds Or Seedlings?
For growing tomatoes in containers it is usually easier to start with seedlings. Place the pots in the desired location and plant the seedlings directly into pots. Water well. Once your plants begin to grow add a slow-release fertilizer as directed to keep your plants thriving and your harvest coming. Regular watering is also important, since the soil in containers tends to dry out much more quickly than garden beds in the ground. Check your pots daily and water as required.
As your tomato plants grow they will require staking to prevent them falling over. Once the plants begin setting fruit they will become quite heavy and the stems will require support.
Homeowners with large gardens are not the only people who can enjoy home-grown, vine-ripened tomatoes all summer long. By growing tomatoes in containers you can enjoy this small gardening hobby no matter where you live.
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As you can see from the video and article above it's not really that hard once you know how!
Many home owners these days are really going for it as it's not only a way to produce good food, but you can save quite a few dollars too!
Also don't let any tomatoes go to waste as you can make them into a sauce, that's what I do!
Anyway I hope you enjoyed this article Growing Tomatoes In Containers and Pots!
If you are searching for even more content about growing tomatoes you will find more on this website!
Just follow this link Growing Tomatoes and learn.
photo below: Not ready yet, but looking delicious I must say!
Have you ever seen my Growing Tomatoes In Pots Video! If you haven't then I highly suggest that you check it out! This video was created in late 2009. Check my hair, short isn't it!
Truthfully this video that I shot is jam packed full of top quality information for growing all types of Tomatoes in containers!
Then once the video is finished check out the article!
There is a lot more to learn there!
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The Balcony Tomato Garden with Marty & Karin
This winter we had some great bumper crops with some 2.5 ft trees producing up to a 12 fruits per tree.
All plants this season were grown from local seeds that were collected from local market producers.
This is great because it means that the plants genes have already acclimatized to the local area.
We have a larger success rate with tomatoes grown on our balcony in winter as the sun is lower and pours straight into the veranda and it is also protected from the cold winter breezes.
At times we can have up to 24-25 degrees on the veranda, so this means no hothouse is needed. Although it would be beneficial for the seedlings to get a real great start. Maybe next year!
This winter I only used organic seaweed and fish emulsion fertilizers and this proved mighty successful. I fertilized every fortnight right through the growth of the plants.
The seedling received a weaker solution and I increased the amount as they got larger.
All comments are extremely appreciated
Happy Gardening from Marty and Karin
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