Does anybody know what's in a gro-bag? I used to see these things some
years ago in the UK but they don't seem to be available here in France. I
want to grow tomatoes on my balcony - what should I grow them in? Would a
bag of compost slit down the back do the trick or should I add something to
Thanks in advance
Can't you hop on a chunnel train and pick some up? You would need to
add tomato fertilizer to compost to add the extra nutrients needed by
tomatoes. Just compare the NPK ratio and micro nutrients added to see
what the difference is between tomato mix and garden mix.
Loki [ Brevity is the soul of wit. W.Shakespeare ]
As large as you can manage. Even 'patio' tomatoes produce a lot of
foliage and roots -- wide, 'though not particularly deep -- so you
need both space for roots and weight for stability. Don't forget some
sort of support system for the plant. And don't fill your pots with
all compost. You need soil and nutrients, and compost is a soil
conditioner, not a fertilizer. A good 'potting soil' has a mix of dirt
and compost or conditioners. Some now include fertilizer, too.
I have grown tomatoes UPSIDE DOWN in a 5 gallon bucket. It works
great on a balcony, as long as you can reach them to pick them. My
balcony is on the second floor, so the plants hung almost to the
ground. One can also lift the bucket up, but it is rather heavy with
a full grown plant. This is not a lot of soil, but works fine if one
uses a good plant food regularly. Get a cheap version of miracle grow
type stuff, which is almost like a hydroponic liquid.
simply cut a hole in the bottom of the buckt (about 1-2 in- 2-5 cm) in
diameter and place the tomato plant roots first through the hole with
the top two sets of leaves sticking sticking out the bottom. Place as
much of the stem inside the bucket as possible as roots will form all
along the stem. Stuff something soft around the plant to hold it in
place and keep the soil in. I used some of my wife's old stockings.
fill the bucket 3/4 full of good soil, potting soil should work fine.
Hang the bucket from the balcony rail with tomato plant pointing down.
As the plant gets big, it will use a lot of water, so check 2x/day. I
got a ton of tomatos this way, and didn't lose any balcony space.
Here is a web site I found that has much the same idea.
Sure, lots of people do this. My guess would be that the
compost would supply everything the plants need - I have
often planted directly in spent-mushroom-soil (mushroom
compost, that is) and everything thrives (except carrots -
it's got too much nitrogen for carrots, I believe).
But I don't know about tomatoes: they're awfully big plants
and maybe there wouldn't be enough depth for the roots.
OTOH, maybe they don't get nearly as big in the UK as they
do here b/c of your cooler summers.
If I were doing it, and wanted specifically tomatoes, I'd
try to get a smaller variety, Patio Hybrid for instance.
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