Tomatoes

When Your Pots Definitely Aren’t Big Enough

The more research I did about container gardening (hindsight being 20/20, I really should have done more research before I started), I realized that I was likely going to stunt the progress of my tomatoes if I kept them in the little pots (about 1 gallon each) that I had convinced myself were big enough. (Jacob’s confusion about my plan quickly became clear…he’s from the country… I am not.)
So, I created a new plan. Bigger pots. They were young enough right? Most people hadn’t even gotten their plants in the ground at this point (late April).
My inner dialogue went something like “I’ll buy bigger pots, with better drainage, and I’ll set them up for success. I WILL MAKE THESE SEEDLINGS PRODUCE DAMN IT.”
You could say I had grown a bit attached. So, a couple of weeks after originally potting them, I moved both plants to bigger pots (the biggest plastic ones I could find), and got stakes around them.
By this point, both of my Sungold Cherries had a couple of fruit on them each (very green and small), but they seemed to be on the upward swing. I snagged some organic fertilizer, and patted myself on the back.
Cue…the second bout of endless rain. 

6 Comments

    1. I saw a few blogs that recommended that! Have you had success? I worried they wouldn’t be big enough.

  1. Love container gardening ! I do use containers… really large plastic pots that can hold citrus nursery trees. But my favorite containers have become bottomless wood containers. Pressure treated wood (or if you don’t like chemically treated wood) then that new plastic/fiber deck boarding. ( I use 2 x 6 ‘s) I screw equal length boards horizontally to four corner columns (I use 4×4 ‘s) to form a square or rectangle. I line the four insides with fabric cloth to keep the soil from washing through the cracks between the boards. I like to dig out the soil below were I am going to set this structure because I have a sand yard. I dig out and fill with rich cow manure /and top soil to about a foot. I then place the structure on and fill with my growing mixture and plant my tomatoes. I make the wood planter 18 to 30 inches tall. I find once the tomatoes roots grow down past the container bottom they appreciate that preplace cow manure and give a bumper crop of wholesome tomatoes ! Automatic fertilizing when the plants are producing fruits the heaviest! The roots never get crowded as there is no bottom to the container. The soil never gets too wet because no bottom to curtail drainage and also the cracks between the wood lets the soil breath throughout. These are impossible to move once planted but easy to dismantle (if you use screws) for storage or relocating. I love your passion for growing and look forward to reading your blog !

    1. I love that Candy! Raised bed planters were on my radar this year, but we don’t have quite enough space (and we rent, so I wanted something a little easier to relocate for now.) That sounds like a great technique though, the boost of fertilizer when they’re producing fruit makes total sense. I’m so glad you commented, so that when I’m ready to build planters myself I can come back and read it for reference 🙂

  2. Mine grow just fine in a gallon pot. No idea how to post a link to a picture, but I have them in singles and in pairs in gallon pots and they don’t seem to have any problem. The only issue is that they need constant watering and fertilizers (I’m a balcony gardener) but I enjoy babying them every night.

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