Since we have limited growing space, we have to think outside the box often in our gardening.
We will do this by using buckets, pots and containers to grow tomatoes. Growing tomatoes in containers is a great way for just about anyone to have a garden fresh beauty for sandwiches, salads or just munching on.
Container gardening offers other advantages, as well.
The biggest advantage is growing a few plants in containers is a lot less intimidating to beginning gardeners than trying to plan and care for a large vegetable garden. It’s so much easier to care for and maintain a small container garden than a large outdoor area. Also, this more portable set up allows you to move your tomato plants around so they can get the sunlight or rain they need. With just a little bit of planning and minimal effort, container gardening makes it easy to enjoy delicious fresh tomatoes throughout the growing season.
When choosing a container, you have some options.
You can grow in 5 gallon buckets, in large plastic containers, or even in large flower pots. The biggest thing to remember is to ensure there are holes in the bottom for proper drainage. You will want a container deep enough to hold a stake for supporting the plants as well. Ideally, your container will be at least 10-12 inches deep.
However, not all tomato varieties are perfect for container gardens.
Some get way to big, and need more space than a simple container or bucket will allow. If you want to ensure great tasting tomatoes and the biggest possible yield for your small space here are three great varieties to try!
Japanese Black Trifele
Although known to be a great container grower, before buying a particular plant, you’ll want to make sure the ones you are considering are the more compact variety. The pear-shaped fruits of the Japanese Black Trifele will develop a deep mahogany color as a sign that it is ripe. This beautiful fruit is as visually appealing as it is delicious, so this variety performs double duty as an ornamental. As far as flavor goes, expect a sweet and smoky, multi-layered taste. For hands-off tomato growing this is a fan favorite thanks to its hardy nature and stunning good looks.
Sungold Cherry Tomato
This highly popular cherry tomato can be found just about everywhere and since they are not overly sprawling plants, they are perfect for container gardens. The Sungold’s fruit has a tropical, fruity flavor that is out-of-this-world delicious warm off the vine. This plant is known to be very strong and requires very little tender loving care.To keep the cherry tomatoes coming all year long, start one or two extra plants about three weeks after your first plant.
The charming Brandywine variety has earned the title of “my favorite tomato” by gardeners everywhere thanks to its delicious flavor. In fact, it consistently wins first place in tomato taste tests in the United States and abroad. The highly versatile Brandywine tomato is perfect for container growth. Be forewarned, however… This particular variety can grow rather large, but a couple of sturdy stakes accompanied by consistent and regular pruning can keep it in line. Alternately, you may prefer to place your container along your balcony or deck railing to help support its growth.
So there you have it, three great varieties of tomatoes to grow in containers.
Of course, this list is far from complete. With thousands of tomato varieties to choose from, you are sure to find many other great options for your container garden once you start looking. Happy tomato gardening!