(Notice that I need to harvest my basil!)
Potted Salad Garden
Maximize your growing space by planting varieties that are bred to be compact. You'll need relatively large containers for veggies like tomatoes, which require at least five gallons of soil to develop a root system large enough to support a productive plant. Galvanized metal tubs and buckets make terrific planters - just drill holes in the bottom for drainage! Stake and tie tall growers rights way and adjust the stakes as the plants gain height. Never let the soil dry out more than an inch below the surface and harvest regularly.
I chose two tomato plants - roma and beefmaster (which the guy said get large and juicy!). I figured Home Depot would have galvanized tubs but all I could find were galvanized garbage cans and I wanted something a little lower to the ground. My local trusty TJ Maxx had this gorgeous metal tub for roughly $30 that I bought instead since it goes with my outdoor color scheme better and it was the perfect size. I drilled plenty of holes in the bottom for drainage, filled the tub with organic compost and then popped in my tomato plants, stakes and tags.
They got a little water-logged from the rain last night but they'll perk back up in no time. I'm getting some mulch this weekend to lay in the space to keep weeds to a minimum and to dress it up a bit. Stay tuned for my flower container gardens.