Everyone likes to eat fresh, ripe tomatoes from their own cultivation. No wonder they are by far the most popular vegetable in the garden. But tomatoes can grow into large plants, and many gardeners with limited space may be inhibited about growing them in their small garden or on their patio. Not to worry, though! With the right variety selection and some creative growing techniques, you can grow tomatoes almost anywhere to save space. Whether in the garden or in containers, on the balcony or patio, this article has some really clever ideas and tips on where to plant tomatoes.
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Growing tomatoes despite lack of space
Nothing beats a freshly picked tomato. Store-bought vegetables simply can’t compete with those grown in the garden. But if you live in an apartment or have only a small garden, you may think that growing your own vegetables is a pipe dream. Fortunately, growing vegetables in a small space can change all that. With our garden ideas for small spaces, you’ll be harvesting your own tomatoes this summer .
Tips for growing tomatoes on the terrace and balcony.
If you want to harvest tomatoes from your own garden in the summer, you should sow the plants already in the spring and pull forward . After the Ice Saints (mid-May), the pre-cultivated tomato plants can go outside. Depending on the space available, you can decide for yourself whether to put the plants in the bed, in tubs or pots. So what should you look for when growing tomatoes in limited space?
Find the right location
To find a suitable spot in the small garden or on the balcony, you should consider the light conditions. Light is one of the most important factors when growing vegetables in a small space. Tomatoes need six to seven hours of sunlight a day to thrive. Full sun, however, is not something you like. A south-facing balcony with a sunshade provides both direct and indirect light for your plants and works well if you want to grow tomatoes in a space-efficient manner. A narrow bed or narrow planters on the south wall of the house would also work well.
Choosing the right varieties
If you don’t have a garden, but have limited space for one or two pots, you should grow dwarf varieties. Older tomato varieties like ‘Patio Hybrid’ will only grow a foot tall, but will only bear fruit for a short time. Fortunately, there are newer varieties like ‘Miniboy’, ‘Lizzano’ and ‘Window Box’ that bear fruit all season long without becoming huge plants. Thus, they are perfect for containers. If you are really short on space, you can try planting tomatoes upside down. This works perfectly with dwarf varieties.
Growing tomatoes vertically
While dwarf varieties don’t need supports to stay upright, this is true for all other tomato varieties. If you are growing the plants in containers or in a raised bed, you will need stakes, trellises or special tomato columns. Tie the tomato plants to the supports with plant ties. This also saves space by keeping the plants tucked in, and keeps the fruit off the ground so it doesn’t rot. If you are growing more than one variety, you can use plant ties in different colors to keep track of the different varieties.
Which planter to choose?
If you grow tomatoes in pots, the selection of the appropriate container plays an important role. The pots should not be too large – a capacity of 7 to 12 liters is sufficient. They should also have good drainage to prevent waterlogging and root rot.
Plastic pots and large plastic containers with the necessary drainage holes in the bottom are perfect. The choice of container also depends on what varieties you want to plant.
- For medium-sized tomatoes (height 40 – 100 cm), a container of 7 – 8 liters is quite enough.
- Indeterminate varieties with growth height of 1.5 – 2 meters require pots of larger volume – about 10 – 12 liters.
- Low-growing tomatoes (height 20 – 40 cm) you can plant in wide plastic containers with volume of 7 – 10 liters.
- Hanging varieties require hanging pots and baskets with a volume of 4 – 7 liters. However, it depends on the variety. If the greenery of the plant is large, you need a fairly large container.
Growing mixed culture saves space
To save space in a raised bed, plant large tomato varieties three feet apart and plant fast-maturing vegetables like lettuce and radishes among the tomato plants instead of keeping them in a separate bed or container. Lettuce and radishes will ripen in about 30 days, long before the tomatoes are large enough to shade the area. Plus, you won’t have to weed the space between the tomatoes because you’ll be growing food there, too.
Clever ideas for where to plant tomatoes to save space
Want to try growing your own tomatoes in the city or in your small garden this year? Then pick a suitable spot on your balcony or patio and plant the popular vegetable in tubs, pots or a small raised bed. Let the following ideas inspire you. After all, you can easily grow tomatoes even if you don’t have much space!
Grow tall tomato varieties in pots at the edge of the garden
Grow tomatoes on the balcony to save space
Plant dwarf tomatoes in window boxes
Grow tomatoes hanging in hanging baskets
Plant tomato plants upside down if space is limited
Low growing tomato varieties can also be grown on the windowsill