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Old 07-04-2015, 12:13 PM
Location: Near the Coast SWCT
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Originally Posted by optimisticStar View Post
Do you put gypssum or anything for calcium?
I don't but I use crushed eggshells. Just sprinkle some onto the soil and mix in. Calcium is good if you have BER.. If you don't, then you probably don't have to worry.

Also... if you're comparing 1 plant vs the 2 you have in 1 bucket .. It's never the best comparison because each plant can grow differently even if same variety. Don't care what anyone else says.. 2 plants in a 5 Gallon is too much. You will get more yields with 1 plant and most likely healthier. Keep us posted how it works out for you. Don't forget holes at the bottom of the bucket!

Also.. You will find they wont last long. In ground will always out grow potted ones. Experience is the best to observe this..
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Old 07-04-2015, 12:32 PM
Location: North Beach, MD on the Chesapeake
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I've had good luck with these:

Amazon.com: Felt Fabric Planter Grow Bag - 10-1/2" Diameter and 12" High - Allows Air Circulation and Water Aeration: Patio, Lawn & Garden

I have a garden but over the years it has lost the sun so I now put a couple tomatoes or peppers in one of these and interplant a couple cucumbers. Put a cage around them and everything grows up.

I know I'm not supposed to do it (or so I was told by an "expert" here) but I plant in all processed compost. Don't have to mess much with fertilizers or additives for calcium or whatnot.
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Old 07-04-2015, 07:52 PM
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Location: In the Pearl of the Purchase, Ky
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Had a friend who had a tomato plant in a 5 gallon bucket. Also planted leaf lettuce around the edge inside the bucket. Called it her salad bucket.
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Old 08-08-2015, 09:46 AM
Location: S. FL (hell for me-wife loves it)
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For the calcium in eggshell to be useful as calcium for a plant, it has to be chelated.
Get a glass jar with a lid that you poked one hole into top (to vent) and place crushed eggshells in. Now pour regular white vinegar over the shells. In a few weeks, the shells will break down into useful calcium. When they are completely dissolved, mix them into compost.
It's a misnomer that raw eggshells add calcium, and they take forever to break down if you don't use the vinegar method.
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Old 08-08-2015, 11:23 AM
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I use a coffee grinder on my eggs shells. I reduce it to a fine powder and then add a table spoon of that into the hole I place the plant along with some comfrey leaves.
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Old 08-08-2015, 01:56 PM
Location: Chapel Hill, N.C.
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no matter what we do we cannot completely protect our crops.

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Old 08-08-2015, 02:01 PM
Location: California
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We can't on the West Coast either....snarl, snarl, snarl.
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Old 08-11-2015, 01:13 PM
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In my experience it is really all about trimming them appropriately if you are working with space constraints. I've fit 2 plants comfortable in a 5 gallon pot, but they won't produce if you don't aggressively trim them and provide plenty of support via a trellis of some kind. i do this same thing with my normal in-ground garden and get lots of fruit from a tiny plot.
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Old 08-13-2015, 09:19 AM
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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Originally Posted by no kudzu View Post
no matter what we do we cannot completely protect our crops.
so cute, as long as it is your yard and not ours. Just a couple days ago, we were reading the paper and looking outside. There in our tomatoes, even though they are in containers was a rabbit and in our pepper plants were 2 squirrels. We have almost no leaves left on the peppers, but still have a few blossoms.Apparently they do not like the serrano and jalapenos as well, as they have a few more leaves.
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Old 08-19-2015, 04:56 PM
Location: Just outside of Portland
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I grow my tomatoes here in Portland Oregon in 15 gallon buckets that I can move around to take advantage of the sun.

I take the 15 gallon container (get them from plant nurseries--cheap), fill the bottom 6" with gravel, use good earth, with composted chicken manure, only put two plants in each container, and use very heavy duty tomato cages to support them.

I water well, and feed them with good fertilizer about once a month.
This year has been a really hot, dry, sunny summer with 25 days over 95°F, and I have bumper crops of tomatoes.
Thank God I didn't grow any cherry tomatoes this year!

I like the short season varieties like Early Girls etc.
Types like Big Boy tomatoes don't do super well here, the season is just not long enough or hot enough.

I did put two "Mortgage Lifter" heirloom tomatoes in one 15 gallon bucket, and it was just to much.
I had to remove one of them, so I guess the variety of tomato plays a big part in how many you can plant together.
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