The Q&A Archives: Best Varieties of Tomatoes

Question: We have recently moved to a home with a smaller backyard than our previous home and are not able to plant a regular garden. I want to plant some green peppers and tomatoes in containers. What are the best starter plants to order and are there some guidlines for "container" gardening. Thanks for your excellent help. Terry Edina, MN

Answer: Choose a bush-type or determinate tomato for container growing--Burpee's "Northern Exposure" would be a good choice. Burpee's "Tumbler" is an early cherry tomato great for containers and hanging baskets. For peppers, most varieties should be fine;you might consider "Gypsy Hybrid" since its an early variety good for short-season areas. Use a good loamy soil in your containers, and note that you will have to keep a close eye on water, since containers will dry out more quickly than your garden. Both peppers and tomatoes need to be kept evenly moist. Plan to fertilize weekly during fruiting with a all-purpose fertilizer with a relatively low nitrogen rating, such as 5-10-10; don't use a high-nitrogen fertilizer because that will promote foliage growth at the expense of fruit.

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