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Growing tomatoes on your deck or patio is convenient and quite easy. Tomato plants can even add color and charm to otherwise boring areas. With planters and pots, you’ll have much better control over the soil conditions, and if you follow a few simple rules you’ll have an abundant crop of juicy red tomatoes during the summer.

First, be sure to place your planter where it gets plenty of sun. Your tomato plants like heat and lots of sunlight. Place them in a sunny spot that receives at least 6 hours of sun each day.

Don’t forget to water them. Your tomato plants require almost daily watering when it gets hot outside. The more soil you have in your pot the better. A five gallon bucket is the minimum size your should use - the roots require lots of room to grow. Don’t water your tomatoes so much that the soil is soggy, though. They can get disease and rot if you’re not careful. Use mulch to keep the soil moist.

Use a good quality potting soil and fertilize them as needed. You’ll also want to make sure you get a variety of tomato that is okay for pots and containers. Do a little research and you’ll be rewarded with very nice tomatoes.

Tomato plants require support, so be sure to have a trellis or stake handy. Tie your tomato plant to a support as it grows and don’t be afraid to prune any branches that get too long. Don’t use wire to tie up the tomato plant, as it can burn or cut the soft stems. Strips of cloth work well or some loosely tied hemp rope. Happy gardening!

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Here is a space-saving planter for growing tomatoes and other tall garden plants that require support. The design is perfect for those with little room for a garden - you can grown tomatoes right on your deck or patio. The planter conceals a five-gallon bucket or plastic planter. These DIY project plans will show you how to build this deck tomato planter from start to finish, with photos at every step! A weekend garden project that you will enjoy building.



Wood plans include step by step instructions, measurements, angles, and photos from start to finish. Easy to read instructions show you how.

After purchase, the page will instruct you how to easily download the file to your computer. Read as an e-book or print it out in full color.

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