preparation help ss100, cayenne, buckets

green8787779February 18, 2013

Hi,

First post on gardenweb. I live in an apartment and have a porch that gets about 8 hours of direct sunlight. I have started some super sweet 100 seedlings, cayenne, and some large red cherry tomatoes.

From what I can find, 5 gallon buckets seem like the best way to go. If i'm wrong stop me here. I have 2 cu ft of miracle grow potting mix and 2 cu ft of organic compost. I plan on either mixing the compost and MG half and half or just covering the top couple of inches of pot with compost, whatever yall think is best.

Do yall have any tips on making this work right? I plan on having 4 - 5 buckets.

Thanks,

Solomon

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greenman28 NorCal 7b/8a

Peppers will do fine in 5-gallon buckets. Most tomatoes, other than patio or micro or certain determinates, will do much better in larger containers. I use a 15-gallon for my cherry tomato.

As for the mix, there's not much to say. I wouldn't recommend either of the strategies you mentioned, nor would I recommend either of those mixes.

Josh

    Bookmark   February 19, 2013 at 11:34AM
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green8787779

Where did you get the 15-gallon? What soil mixture do you recommend?

    Bookmark   February 19, 2013 at 12:30PM
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greenman28 NorCal 7b/8a

The 15-gallon came from a local nursery....I can't recall the price, but it wasn't too high. On my back deck, I set the pot in a black plastic tub, the kind you could use for mixing small batches of mortar or concrete. On hot days, I can water until an inch or so fills up in the tub, then let the container suck up the moisture the rest of the day.

I highly favor a bark-based mix, with small fractions of peat/potting mix and perlite, known as the 5-1-1 (5 parts bark, 1 part peat, 1 part perlite). In Texas, you might increase to 2 parts potting mix, if you find the moisture retention insufficient.

Josh

    Bookmark   February 19, 2013 at 6:28PM
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