Tomatoes in Containers


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Tomatoes in Containers

danna | Mar 19, 2013 01:00 PM

First, let me say it's ironic to live on 40 acres and have no where to plant a %&$^#% tomato. But....

My raised beds, built about 15 years ago, are 95% useless for tomatoes and have been for some time. I used to have a huge problem with wilt (when the leaves turn yellow from the bottom of the plant and work their way up). I improved that to a modest degree by lining the bed w/ newspapers and changing my watering practices to not let the leaves get wet. i still get wilt, just not as bad.

But...I still get very, VERY little yeild. two years ago I abandoned "organic" and started using some Miracle Grow in addition to mushroom compost and my own bin-made compost. Still...i'm growing garnishes, not crops. My mother digs holes in the middle of an old peach orchard and gets tomato plants that require a step ladder. obviously, my soil is completely played out, and full of wilt spores (or whatever)

I've had it. I want to do something radical this year. Enter containers.

Please hit me with whatever advice you have on growing a decent crop of tomatoes in pots. I want to grow Brandywine, Cherokee Purple, Green Zebra, Sungold, and Mr. Stripey. (or similar) Thanks!

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