Did you know that you could use your 5 gallon buckets to plant tomatoes? This alternative of potting can save you a lot of money as well as space in your garden. Following is the info on how to plant tomatoes in 5 gallon buckets in your garden.
First of all, properly clean the bucket. Take extra attention if you are using a 5 gallon bucket that was previously used to contain chemicals. Clean it well and disinfect it to prevent any residues sticking in the bucket that could harm the tomatoes.
Next, make enough holes at the bottom of the 5 gallon pails for the excess water to come out.
Fill the bucket with quality potting soil.
Dig a two-inch hole in the center of the bucket.
If you are a first time grower, it may be best to just buy a tomato plant from the nursery as planting tomatoes from the seeds need a lot of extra care. But if you are experienced and own a greenhouse or a sunny window inside the house, you are good to go with the seeds.
Cover the hole with potting soil and place it where it receives a lot of direct steady sunlight. 7 hours exposure to the sun will be best for the tomatoes to grow well.
Pour warm water to the newly planted tomato seedling to avoid it having transplant shock. Do this continuously every day in the first week it is planted.
After two weeks have passed, build a stake next to the plant to support it as it grows.
Fertilize regularly every week.
Can't get enough use of 5 gallon buckets? Check out these past blog posts on them.