How to plant tomatoes in a 5 gal buckets?

Hi there, just planted tomatoes in 5 gallon buckets for the first time. Wanted to see who else has done it and how it turned out for them!! Also, any tips or advice is welcome!! I drilled holes in bucket, put pea gravel in bottom and used special potting soil with fertilizer. They are in a sunny spot on my deck!

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  • Liliana Wells Liliana Wells on Jun 17, 2019

    Also put egg shells and/or shrimp shells in the mix if you can.

  • Gk Gk on Jun 17, 2019

    Hello Ellen! Make sure you place some tomato cages in the buckets. Easiest to do when the plants are small. I have found that I need to secure the buckets/cages to my deck railing so they don't fall over when larger and are holding ripening tomatoes. I tie the cages to the deck railing with twine. They can fall over in a good wind/rain storm and you will have broken off branches of nice tomatoes that are hard to lose. The plants do get quite large depending on the variety you planted. I would also water about every 2-3 weeks with an Epsom salt/water solution. I use the 1 tablespoon of Epsom salts to one gallon of water for my buckets of tomatoes.

    I also use Miracle Grow for Tomatoes (specifically for tomatoes) every 2-3 weeks. I alternate with the Epsom salt solution. If you are getting a lot of rain make sure that you don't water the buckets until the soil feels damp dry.

  • Ellen Staub Smith Ellen Staub Smith on Jun 18, 2019

    Thanks, Lynn!

  • Vimarhonor Vimarhonor on Jun 19, 2019

    I normally use big buckets or pots —but this year trying the self watering patio planter.

    Be sure to install a support cage or wooden frame before the tomato plants get too tall!

    Watch for small worns or tomato hornworms they can be picked off, I have found a few of these defoliating critters already.

    Additional guidelines =The key steps every gardener should take to sidestep or minimize common tomato issues. Those steps are:

    1 Mulch

    2 Support

    3 Prune

    4 Water

    5 Feed

    6 Monitor

    7 Act

    So, let’s take a closer look at each step.

    Enjoy your harvest!

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