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Old 07-03-2019, 11:27 AM
 
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First year growing tomatoes and I started them from seeds and some chili peppers.

We are in SW Virginia
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Old 07-03-2019, 12:13 PM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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First year growing tomatoes and I started them from seeds and some chili peppers.

We are in SW Virginia
good for you. I just picked a couple for tonight's salad as we are going to a family early holiday party. I also picked 3 cukes and a few jalapenos: all grown in pots of some sort. This is a good year for herbs and veggies or it is here.
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Old 07-04-2019, 06:31 AM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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First year growing tomatoes and I started them from seeds and some chili peppers.
After seeing/listening to the NCTomatoMan, I am going to start doing more in buckets.
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Old 07-04-2019, 02:01 PM
 
Location: Puna, Hawaii
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One problem with using those types of buckets is that they have no UV resistance. You will be lucky to get 2 seasons out of them. In the end it's cheaper to buy the black variety made for being outside.

Bucket tip: Once they start disintegrating, put good bucket into disintegrating bucket to protect good bucket from UV.

If you must use plastic buckets, we have tried them all (we use them for watering livestock) and wrote dates on the bottom of them to gauge which ones last the longest. First to disintegrate were the orange Home Depot variety, then then blue Walmart and Lowes variety, the ones that lasted the longest were the white food grade BPA-free variety at Walmart (and they are same price as the blue ones).
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Old 07-04-2019, 08:28 PM
 
Location: Mid-Atlantic
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I've had the white buckets last for years - a really long time.
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Old 07-05-2019, 12:41 PM
 
Location: Near the Coast SWCT
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First year growing tomatoes and I started them from seeds and some chili peppers.

We are in SW Virginia
Proving us wrong (including me) that Buckets are only good for beginning of season because they get root bound and/or too hot or wet after mid season.


They look great... keep up the nice work and updates
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Old 07-06-2019, 02:17 PM
 
Location: Moku Nui, Hawaii
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Ask the bakery folks at Costco if they have any extra buckets they don't want, we get them for free when they do.


Great 'maters! An extra bucket for lettuce for salad?
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Old 10-02-2019, 11:38 AM
 
Location: Sale Creek, TN
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What type of soil did you use? I used Potting soil and didn't have much luck. Some plants didn't even bloom, but stayed healthy all season. Some bore then stopped.
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Old 10-02-2019, 02:43 PM
 
Location: Mid-Atlantic
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I've always used potting soil.
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Old 10-02-2019, 04:44 PM
 
Location: Prescott AZ
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First year I did buckets. Not much to talk about. This year I put them in the ground and wowee ! So many tomatoes and especially love the beefsteaks. Next year will cut down to 2 plants. Five was way too many.
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