If you're growing vegetables in a tight spot, using a container is the answer. Discover how to use a container to grow tomatoes with the help of a garden professional in this free video.
Hi, I'm Ali Reynolds with Ali's Organics. Today, we're going to show you how to plant tomatoes in containers. This is a container that I've already filled with Happy Frog Potting Soil. I like this one because it's complete. It's got a little bit of fertilizer in it already. Then, I'm going to make a little hole in the center of this. You notice, I've already planted some stuff around here just to fill it in while the tomato is growing. There's some lettuces and some onions around the outside that help deter insects, and I'm just going to use my dib wooder to make a hole for the tomato plant. I'm going to put a little bit of bat guano in the center of this, work it in to the soil. One hour before I transplant this tomato I like to soak it with some kept meal tea. I'll just pour some kelp meal tea into it, saturate it, let it soak it up. Kelp meal tea is just simply one quarter cup of kelp meal soaked in one gallon of water overnight, a couple of days. It helps with shock. It gives it a little bit of boost of fertilizer. It helps it come out of the pot easier when it's moist. Now just push this tomato plant just right in here and of course we're going to water it again. I like to use bush tomatoes or determinant tomatoes for growing in containers. They seem to produce the most and don't forget to put a tag in there. I like to use sometimes these big tags. We will want to stake this because even though it is determinant or bush, it still needs to be kept upright so we can use a bamboo stick or an old stick. You can even put a tomato cage in here or three of these and make a teepee with it. We want to start tying it up right away. The nice thing about a determinant or a bush tomato is you don't have to prune them. That will hold it nice and secure. We'll want to fertilize this more often because it's in a pot, it heats up more, it loses its nutrients faster so we can just go ahead and use that same old bat guano in here. We can sprinkle some kelp meal in here, about every two weeks is good. You can also use a foliar feeding and if you do that then you're going to want to do it about once a week, just use an all purpose foliar feeding like an all purpose. Anyways that's all there is to growing a tomato into a container.