Growing Tomatoes in Containers: Dangerously Delicious

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Brandi_S Brandi Spade, contributor
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One tomato, almost ready
Veggies on my balcony

Too many tomatoes in one pot
Ready or not, this one might be for dinner
Not ready yet, but soon...
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One tomato, almost ready

Photo: B.Spade

I love tomatoes. Well, I love them NOW. When I was a child, you couldn't get me to eat a raw tomato if my life depended on it. If it didn't come as sauce, or green and fried, it wasn't getting near my mouth. But oh, how the tide has turned. I'm growing five different varieties of heirloom tomatoes on my little apartment balcony. Most of them are the grape or cherry size, perfect for making bruschetta.

The problem I'm having involves the fact that sometimes my excitement causes me to go overboard (Seed Savers Exchange does wonders to fulfill my veggie shopping needs). I have up to five tomato plants in each pot, which is obviously way too many for providing them with adequate room and plenty of food and water. Plus, I have pretty much no room left to stake them, so that they won't fall over from the weight of their fruit. But - and this is a big but - I feel like there is a good lesson to take from all of this. Anyone, and I do mean ANYONE, can grow veggies. Whenever. Wherever. However. Even with five squeezed into a pot, the tomatoes are super yummy and great in all of my favorite dishes. I have tossed a little extra organic fertilizer into the pots over the past few months, but to be completely honest I think this just made them taller.

So, the moral of this story? Grow some veggies! It can't hurt. You don't need much space and with containers you can put them right outside of your kitchen. The only downside to this is that you'll most likely be plucking tomatoes off of the vine well before they're fully ripe. But they still taste great!

My Favorite Quick Bruschetta Recipe

1 tbsp pesto
2 tbsp garlic powder
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar (you can make the recipe equal parts oil and vinegar if you like a little extra kick)
1 to 2 cups of tomatoes cut into small cubes

Let the mix sit for about ten minutes and then spoon over toasted semolina bread. Add grated asiago cheese to taste.


posted in: tomatoes, Container Gardening, Bruschetta

Comments (1)

Addassamari writes: The first food plant we (my youngest son and I) planted was a tomato and it was in a pot. We got five tomatoes that year. We were so excited that over the winter we planned and in the spring we bought plants and again planted in containers.

We were soon giving fruits to our friends and neighbors. We did not use any store bought tomatoes that summer. In fact we moved the plants indoors because it was becoming chilly and they were full of blooms and fruits. We had tomatoes all the way into February.

Needless to say we were hooked. We have tried different sizes over the years and discovered that the smaller ones do well in containers.

In out third year we planted two plants in a small in ground garden next to our rose bush, along with a bell pepper, and a long sweet yellow pepper. We also planted lettuce in a 2 foot long container. By then we had branched out into herbs. All in containers. Needless to say we did not need to shop for these items in the store for the entire summer.

We will be exploring the possibilities of growing different colors and will be looking at heirlooms.

So, yes I agree whole heartedly, delicious and dangerously addictive.
Posted: 8:16 pm on June 28th
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