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Growing Tomatoes in Five Gallon Buckets

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Whether rich or poor or experiencing drought or heavy rains, you can grow tomatoes in a five-gallon bucket and a sunny location! It's cost effective and you can control the quality of the soil and the amount of water resulting in that oh-so-yummy warm tomato right out of the garden experience!
  • growing tomatoes in five gallon buckets, gardening, You can usually find someone to give you a five gallon bucket or you can buy one for about 2 50 Lowe s Drill 4 5 holes on the bottom for drainage Add some compost soil that drains well followed by your tomato plant
You can usually find someone to give you a five-gallon bucket or you can buy one for about $2.50 (Lowe's). Drill 4-5 holes on the bottom for drainage. Add some compost/soil that drains well followed by your tomato plant!
  • growing tomatoes in five gallon buckets, gardening, These plants are on my deck easy access to my water hose but don t over water Tomatoes are sweeter when they are in dryer soil
These plants are on my deck -- easy access to my water hose--but don't over water!! Tomatoes are sweeter when they are in dryer soil.
  • growing tomatoes in five gallon buckets, gardening, If your Five Gallon Tomato Plant sits on a wooden deck add a drip tray so moisture doesn t get trapped underneath the bucket and rot the wood
If your Five-Gallon-Tomato Plant sits on a wooden deck, add a drip tray so moisture doesn't get trapped underneath the bucket and rot the wood.
  • growing tomatoes in five gallon buckets, gardening, Tomatoes need to be caged or staked since they are berries and have a need to climb If these do as well as I think I may add stakes inside the cages so they can grow up up up
Tomatoes need to be caged or staked since they are berries and have a need to climb. If these do as well as I think, I may add stakes inside the cages so they can grow up up up!!!
  • growing tomatoes in five gallon buckets, gardening, Finally this is what we re all looking forward to Is there anything better
Finally, this is what we're all looking forward to. Is there anything better?

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  • Marilyn
    Marilyn Apex, NC

    Deer are eating everything I have!!!! Please help.

    • Louise
      Louise Sharpsburg, GA

      We live in GA and have several acres where deer track through. An old farmer told me his secret to keeping deer away...and it's so easy and it WORKS. He said deer don't like fragrances--flowers, perfume, etc. What he advised is to buy some cheap

  • Malaga.vivien

    my dogs eat the little ripe cherry tomatoes! after all my hard work I am left with very few unless I am quick!

    • Ronald Wayne Viklinetz

      Joan Belden says she thougt someone was stealing her tomatoes left to ripen on the back steps. It was her Shihzu , she caught her with a large tomatoe in her mouth. She loved them. :)

  • Marilyn
    Marilyn Apex, NC

    Thanks so much, Sam.................I will give that a try!

  • Marilyn
    Marilyn Apex, NC

    No, they are still visiting every few days and eating my flowers. I gave up on the tomatoes and peppers b/c they would even pull the sheet with close pins holding it and throw it on the ground. I decided to join a community garden at the local YMCA.

  • Cheryl Cooper Cotton

    I have cattle syrup buckets I use in my garden. We drilled holes on the side, about an inch up from the bottom. This helps to keep any wayward weeds from coming up through the bottom and still allows for nice drainage.

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