- File Size: 307 KB
- Print Length: 41 pages
- Publisher: Zenith Business Solutions (May 5, 2012)
- Publication Date: May 5, 2012
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0080U7SAW
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Not Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
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Growing Tomatoes In Containers - A Simple Guide For A Bountiful Harvest (Container Gardening Book 1) Kindle Edition
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Top Customer Reviews
Everything is covered from where is the best place to keep them, how much sunlight is required, which containers to use, which is the best type of soil etc. The book goes into great detail when it comes to actually planting and transporting them, something I always struggled with.
You can begin reading this book not knowing a thing about growing tomatoes and you'll be able to go away and plant your own thriving tomatoes straight away. I'm going to plant some tomatoes this summer and compare them to my hydroponic tomatoes as an experiment which should be interesting.
One advantage hydroponics has over soil based gardening is that there are little or no pests with hydroponics. Thankfully this book goes into detail also about how to deal with the inevitable soil pests that you're likely to get.
Last year however, I did my tomato plants in a container, which really turned out great. My tomatoes ripened earlier in the season, so I was able to enjoy fresh tomatoes throughout the summer.
I want to make sure that this year's containers did well again, so I picked up this book to get some additional tips. The author has a bunch of interesting techniques that I will definitely be incorporating.
As I read through the book, I kept saying, "Yes, I remember that" so I knew I was getting good advice. But the tips specific to growing tomatoes in a container were just what I needed to supplement my own gardening experience and to remind me. Advice on type of container is spot on. I had read previously about two containers she talked about. I probably would have tried one if I hadn't read her cautions. The cautions she gave on these have me going for the exact container she suggested.
There were several tips I would not have thought of not having experience growing in containers before so this book was very helpful. I enjoyed the chapter on companion planting and the advice about diseases and pests. Very helpful. I hope she will write a few more container gardening books for other plants.
I only found two pieces of information with which I disagreed, but both are more matters of personal preferences rather than critical disagreements. The author states that she prefers to use ready-mix Miracle Gro potting mix for her container tomatoes, which can get very expensive if you're preparing pots for more than one or two tomatoes. I find it more cost effective and not that much more trouble to make my own potting mix. For those interested in making their own, my formula is two parts potting soil to one part peat moss plus a handful or two each of vermiculite and perlite and a handful of slow-release vegetable or tomato fertilizer.
The other disagreement is another minor one. The author says at the end of the growing season to dump the used potting mix into your yard or discard rather than to dump it into your regular garden or compost pile. I abhor waste, so I always mix my used potting mix into my regular vegetable garden beds or flower beds and mix in well with the existing soil.Read more ›
It discusses using plastic containers, but that's pretty much one of those "duh" topics. Many other gardening books will tell you that plastic containers don't dry out as fast as clay pots, and their lighter weight makes them easier to move.
The author discusses using the right potting mix, but doesn't offer any recipes or advice based on experience of what worked best for her, beyond buying Miracle-Gro mix. She discusses nutrition, but doesn't offer any suggestions on how a feeding program might be different for potted tomatoes as opposed to planting in beds. Same with the brief mention of watering, staking, etc. There's no detailed information that will help you make better choices.
There's discussion about bugs and diseases, but many other tomato books do a better job. Again, this was just a brief overview. You can gather more information on all relevant topics by searching Extension and college agriculture websites.
Don't waste your time. This thing shouldn't even be offered as a book, Kindle or otherwise. I'm going to see about getting a refund.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I like that it is concise, easy to read and uncomplicted. The pictures add to the book's clarity. I am looking forward to a great harvest!Published 15 months ago by PMcD
Good basic information for the beginning gardener. I enjoyed reading this book. Now I am ready to start planting my own tomato plants!Published 17 months ago by Keenie
I love this book,after reading it I figured out that I have been buying the wrong tomato plants.This book explained it in very easy to understand words. Read morePublished on July 23, 2014 by Idahoser
I've grown tomatoes for years, both in a home garden, and in pots. This little "guide" gives awesome ideas and very clear and concise instructions that I found very... Read morePublished on May 23, 2014 by S. Harris
I was just thinking about planting some tomatoes when I saw your book. I will follow your suggestions to the T and with the herbs you suggested. Thank you so much. Read morePublished on April 4, 2014 by Barbara Butler
This book is fine for beginners in gardening. The writer shares her knowledge of tomato container growing, and seems to know many insect types helpful to gardening.Published on August 17, 2013 by G. Pearson
The book teaches you all you need to know about growing tomatoes in a pot without unnecessary information. Read morePublished on May 14, 2013 by Alainapatera
Growing tomatoes in container. I did not learn anything from it. I read through it and put it away. I planted my
tomatoe in a rolling container and it is doing well.
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