Proper Soil For Tomatoes - Knowledgebase Question

New York, NY
Question by rmyoung
February 10, 1998
I bought your "Tomato Taster" kit and I don't know what sort of soil I need to buy to raise the plants on my terrace.


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Answer from NGA
February 10, 1998

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I love to grow tomatoes in containers and I will be happy to share my recipe with you. Amounts will depend on the size of your containers. I simply mix a few bags of potting soil, a few bags of compost (or leaf mould, or composted cow manure), a few handfuls of sand, a few handfuls of greensand or bonemeal, the recommended amount of fertilizer for whatever container I am growing in (I usually use a fertilizer specifically for tomatoes but you can use a regular 5-10-10 if you want), and voila!...you have soil for tomatoes! If I may, let me share a few other tips...be sure your containers are big enough, I have had the best tomato success with half whiskey barrels. Keep on top of watering, containers dry out quickly, you should try to avoid fluctuations in soil moisture. Consider a layer of mulch at the base of the tomato (I use cypress mulch).

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