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Posted: Feb/02/2007 3:07 AM PST
For tomatoe and pepper plants? We have a huge problem with human and non human vermin in the garden, so I figured if I grow them on the porch )or near it) in containers, I could put a stop to it.
I'm planning 12 tomatoe plants and 12 peppers.
Location: Crossfield, Alberta
Posted: Feb/02/2007 3:50 AM PST
I grew a "beefsteak" tomato plant in a med. sized "terra-cotta plastic" planter lastyear.... probably a 12"
Location: southwestern Ontario, Canada
Posted: Feb/02/2007 5:57 AM PST
It would depend upon the type of tomato or pepper you plan to grow in the pots/containers. If the tomatoes are indeterminate and keep on growing or are vining or huge types you'll need a good size pot to act as a base/counterweight as well as provide enough soil to give enough nutrients. I've grown the larger size tomatoes in about 5 to 10 gal containers or larger. And some of the bush like plants in smaller containers.
The same goes for the peppers. If they tend to climb and spread out allot or have large fruit you're going to need a larger pot.
I have grown cherry tomatoes and jalapeno size peppers in quite small pots as long as the plant doesn't sprawl.
Some of the best containers I've found are the empty 5 gal pails that you can get at Home Depot or Paint Stores that they mix large batches of paint in, or plaster/drywall compound. I usually just drill a few drainage holes in the bottom before planting in them. Usually fairly cheap too for the size in comparison to actual gardening pots. Something to keep in mind, because if you're going to do allot of plants you're going to want to source out your pots/containers. One of the other things you can consider are the larger "rubbermaid" bins/buckets that have the rope handles. They can handle the larger plants or multiple plants in one bucket. Again, considering the size usually good value when you can find them for under $10. I scored some earlier this year for about $5 each...and then got more for Xmas...hehehe. Good thing, because in a normal year I have somewhere between 75 to 120 pots/containers in which I grow tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, beans, lettuces, herbs ....and even some flowers....lol. I have virtually no real open space to use for veggies in ground in the backyard....its mostly taken up by the pool or the concrete patio surrounding it.
Also check out the thread for the selfwatering container. You can make a version of the earthbox for a fraction of the cost. One of the guys on the Tomatoville site uses them and then made a dolly for his ~ a sheet of plywood with cheap furniture casters attached to the corners. That way he can roll it where he needs/wants it.