Are you living in an apartment or in a short-term rental but still want to grow some tomatoes? Grow some in containers! It’s actually super easy to do!

Here’s the trick:
1) Pick a decently large container – plastic works best – and a nice, large saucer. Something that will hold at least 1 cf of soil.
2) Make sure you invest in some good potting soil – we sell All Organic Black Gold which is fantastic.
3) Pick a good container tomato. Tomatoes come in all shapes and sizes. Usually determinate tomatoes work best in containers. Below is a list of good container tomatoes that we carry this season (2012):

Name Type / Color Classification Days to Maturity Description
Bison Red Determinate 65-77 Orignially offered by Oscar Will in 1937. Dwarf determinate plants require no staking or pruning. 3″ deep red fruits are produced even in cold, damp weather. Has produced as much as 40 pounds of fruit from a single plant!!
Black Prince Purple-Black Indeterminate 70 Heirloom. Originally from Siberia, this is one of the most popular and favored black tomatoes. Originally introduced from Irkutsk, Russia and is regarded as a “true Siberian tomato” that does very well in cooler climates. Until only recently this was considered a rare variety in the United States. However, it’s popularity has grown so much in Russia that there is now a company in Volograd that is producing an extract of the Black Prince called “Black Prince Tomato Oil.” The Black Prince tomato is said to have considerable health benefits beyond the presence of lycopene. These deep garnet round, 2-inch (2-3 oz.) tomatoes are full of juice and incredibly rich fruity flavors. Chefs rave about it for it’s rich flavors. The small fruits contain deep rich colors on the inside. Perfect for patio gardens. Perfect for eating fresh, and in cooking in tomato sauce or other culinary wonders.
Black Sea Man Purple-Black Determinate 75 Heirloom. This small, potato-leaf Russian tomato yields an abundant set of 12-16 ounce beautiful tomatoes that are rich mahogany colored with olive green shoulders when mature. Inside of tomato is deep, reddish green and loaded with excellent, full-bodied, complex, intense, creamy tomato flavors. This is an outstanding tomato for sandwiches and salads. Black Sea Man heirloom tomato does well growing in mid-sized containers. A great early black tomato.
Grushovka Pink Determinate 65 Heirloom. Siberian origin. Delicious, small (2-3-inch) plum-shaped, pink/red tomatoes on small plants.  A very good choice for container gardening.  Good canning tomato. Very, very tasty.
Red House Freestanding Red Semi-determinate 75-80 Bushy, semi-determinate plants require no staking! Broad, crinkled leaves protect the luscious fruits from sunscald. Abundant yields of firm, juicy, red fruits, produced in clusters, weigh 4-6 oz and occasionally larger. Reputed to set fruit in cold weater. Has some tolerance to fusarium and verticillium wilts, resists cracking. A wonderful container variety!
Silvery Fir Tree Red Determinate 58 Heirloom. “Silvery Fir Tree” is an unusual name for a tomato, but appropriate for this compact Russian heirloom with lovely, ferny leaves. This 24″ beauty shouldn’t be hidden in the back of the garden! Put it on display in a pretty container or large hanging basket, on a sunny patio or front porch. Fruits have slighty tart, classic tomato flavor. As a determinte type, the majority of the fruit ripens over a 1 -2 week period.
Sugar Sweetie Red/Cherry Indeterminate 65 Known for its strong tomato flavor. Large numbers of 3/4″ – 1″ cherry tomatoes are produced in grape-like clusters on 2 foot tall plants. Even though indeterminate, a good container variety.
Super Bush Red/Cherry Determinate 75 These scrumptious hybrid tomatoes are specially bred for abundant yields on space-saving 2.5-3′ plants. Perfect for growing in large pots and patio containers. Super Bush bears uicy, heavy fruits with full sweet tomatoe-y flavor, not bland or watery like so many other bush varieties.
Tiny Tim Red Indeterminate 45 Heirloom. Grows only 10-12 in tall and about 14 in across. A heavy yielder with clusters of 1 in red, fine-flavored fruit. Can be grown as a pot plant anytime of the year.

4) Your tomatoes need at least 6-8 hours of sunlight every day to thrive. They also need constant soil moisture. Make sure you thoroughly water them daily – sometimes twice daily – to prevent cultural problems associated with dry soil.

5) Tomatoes are heavy feeders, so make sure you feed them!