The Q&A Archives: Tomatoes In Containers

Question: I live in a duplex where I have a yard filled with river run rock. In this yard I have tried to create a container garden. Each year it is a little different and it is fun to try different things. The main thing is that I MISS TOMATOES!. In the past I have not had much luck growing tomatoes in containers. I don't want to grow cherry tomatoes. I would like to grow Early Girl in containers. Can I do this?

Answer: Choose smaller or bush varieties for containers. 'Patio Hybrid' tomato was developed just for containers, but you could also grow determinate varieties like 'Celebrity', 'Early Girl', 'Sweet Tangerine', or 'Northern Exposure'. For these, choose a large container--one that holds at least 5 gallons. Peppers and eggplants also grow well in containers--any variety will do. Also bush beans like 'Tenderpod', zucchini like 'Burpee Hybrid', and most herbs. Even vining cucumbers can be grown in containers, providing you give them a trellis to climb.

Check out the "Garden Talk" insert in the new Burpee Catalog. It contains an article entitled: "Container Magic" for more information about container growing.

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