My friend Deb, who shares lots of great recipes with me (and you’ve seen many of them here), told me how she grew tomatoes successfully last year inside 5-gallon buckets.
Since horn-worms get mine every year when they’re in the ground, I’m doing this!
Deb grew her tomatoes in five of these pots last year. They have a large family and had plenty of tomatoes for everyone and more to share with others.
I’m not joking about a recipe for success.
At the end of this post, you’ll find a printable recipe for your tomato plant success.
Drill a few large holes in the bottom of your 5-gallon bucket.
Step Two: The Layering
First layer – pine cones.
Second layer – potting soil just to cover the pine cone layer.
Third layer – the recipe ingredients.
Fourth layer – potting soil to top, two or three inches below rim. (And, you MUST have an assistant like Sir Winston around. Ha!)
Step Three: Time to Plant!
Plant your tomato plant(s) and tie to tomato cage. My plants came in a six-pack, so I planted three per pot with the idea of keeping the healthiest one after a week or so. (Probably not necessary, but I find it hard to throw away plants!)
Set in a sunny spot that’s protected from late afternoon sun (my addition to the recipe).
Water until water runs through every other day. Once a week, add one scoop of Miracle Grow.
Spray weekly with water and dish-washing liquid mixture (Joy or Dawn recommended).
Yes, you can have the recipe! 🙂
- Better Boy plants
- 5 gal. pots with tomato cage (one per plant)
- Pine cones (8-10 per pot, depending on size of pine cones)
- Miracle Gro Potting Soil
- Handful of lime
- 1 Tablespoon sugar
- Handful of oatmeal
- 1 Tablespoon Epsom salt
- 5 Rolaid tablets
- 1 scoop of Miracle Gro fertilizer per week
- water (of course!)
- water/dish liquid spray (5 Tablespoons dish soap to 1 gal. water)
- Drill 4-5 large holes in bottom of 5-gal. bucket.
- Place one layer of pine cones in the bottom and cover with potting soil - to just above the pine cones.
- Place the lime, sugar, oatmeal, salt, and Rolaid tablets over the soil and then fill the pot to 2-3 inches from the top with potting mix.
- Plant tomatoes (one per pot) and water well every other day - until water drains through.
- Add fertilizer once a week.
- Spray with water/dish liquid solution once a week.
If you have trouble with deer or squirrels, check out this website for other things you can add to your home-made insecticidal spray, along with the dish liquid.
Happy tomato planting (and growing and eating)!