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Is a Milk Crate Big Enough to Plant a Tomato?

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Hey all, just looking for some advice. I'm going to have my big garden out back, but I'm wanting a little group of planters with some tomatoes up close to the house. I'm looking around at what I have to use for planters, and a milk crate caught my eye. I could line it with say paper bags? to help hold the dirt in. Just wonder if you all think it would be large enough. I've got grape and cherry tomatoes and Early Girls. 

 

If not tomatoes, I could stuff it with Wave petunias, I guess. That could be pretty too :)

Rachel BB

Stem cell transplant from unrelated donor in Feb 2015. Thank you to all my friends here on BYC for all your support during my treatment and ongoing recovery!

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post #2 of 4

A lot of people grow tomatoes in 5 gallon buckets - which is probably pretty close in size to the crate.  It will probably be fine...

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Probably pretty close, you're right. I went ahead and planted one, I think the Early Girl. We'll see how it does. Thanks!

Rachel BB

Stem cell transplant from unrelated donor in Feb 2015. Thank you to all my friends here on BYC for all your support during my treatment and ongoing recovery!

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Rachel BB

Stem cell transplant from unrelated donor in Feb 2015. Thank you to all my friends here on BYC for all your support during my treatment and ongoing recovery!

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Small varieties grow well in 5-gallon buckets, but the big indeterminate vines would prefer something with more room, like an 18-gallon container. I put two plants in 27-gallon containers. They will grow in small containers, but the plants won't be as big and robust and you won't get nearly the yield from them.

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