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Growing tomatoes in Buckets #vegetable_gardening

How to Grow Tomatoes in 5 Gallon Buckets:

  • Turn the 5-gallon bucket over and drill 4 to 6 half-inch drainage holes, spaced evenly over the bottom of the bucket.
  • Fill the bucket one-half to three-quarters with a mixture of equal parts peat moss, perlite or sand, and garden loam or potting soil.
  • Remove your tomato seedling from its nursery container, using caution not to damage the roots.
  • Position the seedling in the center of the bucket with just the top 2 to 4 leaves above the surface. Fill in around the stem and roots with soil and firm it down with your hands to secure the seedling.
  • Water thoroughly until water runs freely through the bottom of the bucket.
  • Apply water-soluble fertilizer designed for tomato plants to the moist soil. Repeat applications of fertilizer every 10 to 14 days.
  • Place the bucket in an area that receives full sun for at least 6 to 8 hours a day.
  • Add a trellis or tomato cage at this time, if you are growing indeterminate tomatoes.
  • Water whenever the soil feels dry 1 inch below the surface. Adjust to daily watering during hot dry spells. Soil in containers also dries more quickly than garden soil.

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