If you crave the taste of luscious, homegrown tomatoes but don’t have the space to manage a full-sized garden, then container gardening might be just the thing for you. Tomatoes are the home gardener’s most beloved veggie (actually, a fruit) but other vegetables may be grown successfully in containers as well.
What you need
A sunny location. Tomatoes need six to eight hours of sun a day. The plants should be protected from wind. Scout around for the best spot, whether that’s a front porch, back deck or apartment patio ledge.
Pots. You’ll need flowerpots or other containers at least 14-inches in diameter that hold at least 5 gallons of soil. (Larger pots support more root mass and water that plants will need to get through summer days.) Just a few productive pots will do to keep a small family eating tomatoes all summer. Make sure the bottom of the container has drainage holes; otherwise, root rots are