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Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Growing Tomatoes, Even When You Don't Have a Garden

By Mary Schroeder, Extension Educator — Health and Nutrition

With summer around the corner, I'm thinking about the joys of the season, including the tantalizing taste of fresh, home-grown tomatoes. But what if you don't have access to a garden? Don't worry! You can still grow tasty tomatoes in a container.

Here is what you need to get started.
  • A growing pot. Look for a pot that holds between 2 to 5 gallons of soil. The shape of the container does not matter, but you should give some consideration to the type of pot you use. There are several container options to choose from, including clay, plastic, or even wood. Each has its advantages and disadvantages, but each works for growing tomatoes, as long as the bottom of the pot has holes to allow for water drainage. (For more information on types of pots to use in container gardening, check out University of Minnesota Master Gardener and University of Illinois Extension and resources below.)
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