Searching for a More Productive Method of Growing Tomatoes

By profesora
August 6, 2015

Tomatoes are a prized commodity for me because I annually can 10 to 12 gallons of salsa in various degrees of spiciness.

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Aug 6, 2015 5:14 AM CST
Name: Kyla Houbolt
Gastonia, NC (Zone 7b)
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Dry farmed tomatoes are amazing. They can produce some of the tastiest fruit! It does involve deep soil prep, and I believe *triple* (not just double) digging is used. So not for everyone!

Also you might want to invest in some five gallon grow bags. I have found that smaller than five gallons is too small at least for some tomatoes, and the smaller pots are harder to keep evenly watered. I did grow some in three gallon pots this year (though just a few, nowhere near your production levels!) and found also that mulching with straw around the sides of the pot as well as on top of the soil surface was a big help.
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Aug 6, 2015 6:06 AM CST
Name: Gerry Donahue
Pleasant Lake, IN (Zone 5b)
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Thank you, Kyla, for the information.

Would you suggest a link?

Gerry
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Aug 6, 2015 7:36 AM CST
Name: Critter (Jill)
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Pot size shouldn't be as critical w your method, since your plants can continue growing down into the soil under your bottomless pots. I'd be curious to know (at the end of the season) if they did put a lot of roots down below the compost.
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Aug 6, 2015 10:14 AM CST
Name: Gerry Donahue
Pleasant Lake, IN (Zone 5b)
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I can already tell that the roots are into the gravel. However, I will document how much root grew under the pot.
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Aug 6, 2015 12:18 PM CST
Name: Kyla Houbolt
Gastonia, NC (Zone 7b)
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Good point, Jill.

Edit: Here's a link: http://ccmg.ucanr.edu/files/14...
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Aug 6, 2015 1:13 PM CST
Name: Rita
North Shore, Long Island, NY
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profesora said:I can already tell that the roots are into the gravel. However, I will document how much root grew under the pot.


Yes, I would also be very interested in how much those roots travel into the gravel.
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Aug 6, 2015 2:13 PM CST
Name: Lyn
Weaverville, California (Zone 8a)
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A couple of questions:

Do you have to worry about the pots getting too hot and burning the roots ? Temps in my garden stay in the high 90s and low 100s for most of the summer months.

I do have the gravely/rocky soil, but I can't call it rich soil. I also don't create enough plant materials to feed a compost pile, so would potting soil work instead of compost ?

Since the plants would be grown in containers, the only source of plant nutrients would be what I added to the pot. What would you recommend ?

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