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For those who don't have the space for a traditional tomato garden an excellent alternative is to grow tomatoes in pots, allowing you to make use of your patio, balcony or you could even grow tomatoes indoors.

Container tomato gardening starts with selecting a variety of tomato that's suited to growing in pots. Although you can grow any type of tomato this way, keep in mind that some varieties will require huge pots.

If space is limited it's better to stick with some of the smaller bush type plants like the Patio Tomato which is especially designed for growing in pots, but there are several others such as Roma, Tiny Tim and Cherry Tomatoes that will work just as well.

You've made up your mind what type of tomato you want to grow, now it's time to decide if you want to grow tomatoes from seed yourself or to purchase potted plants.

There's a certain amount of satisfaction in being able to say that you where involved in the whole process from planting the seed all the way to picking the ripe tomatoes, and seeds are far less expensive. On the other hand buying potted tomato plants allows you to start with healthy plants and is less work.

Select a pot that is big enough for your tomato plants to grow. It should be no less than 12 inches wide and need to be at least as deep as it is wide.

You can use anything from a wooden whiskey barrel that's been cut in half that's been cut in half to a store bought planter for your tomato pot as long as it's big enough to give your plants room to grow and has drainage holes in the bottom.

Now the only decision is the location. Pick a spot that gets plenty of sunlight. Of course since your tomatoes are in pots you can move them from place to place throughout the day to give them maximum exposure to the sun.

Growing tomatoes in pots is not any more difficult than growing them in the garden. Either method works as long as you provide water, good soil, sunlight and the proper nutrients.

An interesting method of growing tomatoes in pots is to grow upside down tomatoes.

Find out more about about growing tomatoes at How To Grow Tomatoes

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