From “How to Grow Tomato Plants in Buckets” by Home Design, 2017
If you want to have delicious tomatoes all year round, you should grow them yourself. Store-bought tomatoes are not always tasty and fresh, plus they can be expensive if they are not locally grown. To avoid spending your money on things you can also produce at home, here’s a cool tutorial on how to grow your own tomatoes in buckets. If you’ve done a bit of research about growing your own food, you can see that there are some plants that grow beautifully if planted in a bucket. This is also the case for tomatoes, and growing them in buckets can be really helpful if you don’t have a garden. The system that you’ll set up for this project is a self-watering one and it can sustain more buckets at the same time.
“My new fertilizer seems to be promoting blooming over foliage growth. At least I am not getting the large bushy plants I had last year. This year I am trying Jobes Organics Vegetable & Tomato fertilizer this is listed as a 2-7-4 plant food made from bone meal, chicken feather meal, and composted chicken manure with additional beneficial bacteria and fungi including mycorrhizae.”
All of the Grow Buckets are connected by a single gravity feed 1/2″ flexible vinyl tube that is fed by a float valve regulator in the green bucket with the orange lid in the upper right corner of this photo. This maintains a constant self-watering irrigation system that requires no electricity.”
“The Float Valve Regulator in the green bucket is connected to a 35 gallon gravity feed reservoir made from an inexpensive plastic trash container. At this point in the season I simply refill the bulk reservoir about every 2 weeks. As the plants continue to grow the water needs will increase and the refilling frequency will also increase. The beauty of this system is that the peat based growing medium will absorb the correct amount of water to remain moist. So the system is self regulating – as long as the water supply does not run dry.”
Everything you need to transform your own common 5 Gallon plastic buckets into a complete self-watering container gardening system. Well suited for growing tomatoes. peppers, eggplant, cucumbers, and many other popular garden vegetables.