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Nick Chenhall
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Tomato grower by obsession and enjoys growing tomatoes in containers.
Tomato grower by obsession and enjoys growing tomatoes in containers.

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When it comes to containers for tomatoes, self watering planters help make growing tomatoes easier.
One new SWP is the Oasesbox- a very well designed self watering planter, very sturdy and simple to set up.
It can be used as single units or slotted together for the tradition three in a line as a grow bag.
There are a lot more benefits and features of the Oasesbox - you can find them here. http://www.tomatogrowing.co.uk/the-oasesbox-for-growing-tomatoes
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One consideration when growing tomatoes in containers is the surface area. Deep pots and grow bags have their advantages and disadvantages.
A large surface area (grow bag) allows plant roots to absorb oxygen more easily - surface roots with a large surface area for example.
Tall pots usually have a narrow surface area so one way to optimize these containers is to add perlite to the mix so that air can get deeper down in the potting compost.
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It is always good to experiment with different containers - especially when there are so many options for the tomato grower to choose from.

Here's an example of air pots in a tray, watered with a smart valve.

http://www.tomatogrowing.co.uk/html/growing-tomatoes-in-containers.html

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This season I'm growing the three most blight resistant tomatoes available in the UK: Lizzano, Crimson Crush and Mountain Magic - I hope to have a blight free season! http://www.tomatogrowing.co.uk/html/blight-resistant-tomato-seeds.html
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Rockwool has been used by professional tomato growers for many years - often using 3 meter slabs, similar to grow bags. Seeds can also be started in rockwool cubes - to be planted later into any media including soil. Professional tomato growers would plant this size into a 3x3 or 4x4 square block then onto a 3 meter slab. Rockwool has a very open texture and holds an amazing amount of water - just right for plant roots.
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It is good fun hydrating Jiffy pellets - it's amazing how much water thy hold and the size they grow to.
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Tomato seedlings at around four weeks with their first true leaves - now ready for transplanting.
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This is my collection about sowing tomato seeds and everything to do with propagation. If you are new to growing tomatoes from seed, a tomato starter kit is a good option.
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I remember when I first started growing tomatoes I didn't know one end of a seed packet from the other. It's easy to forget what it's like being new to a subject, so here's a quick start guide to sowing tomato seeds http://www.tomatogrowing.co.uk/html/tomato-sowing-quick-start.html
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