Growing Large Vegetable Plants in Containers: Set Up, Soil Mix, Planting Tomatoes & Peppers

Growing Large Vegetable Plants in Containers: Set Up, Soil Mix, Planting Tomatoes & Peppers

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  1. Colleen Stinton-Czuprynski on April 5, 2022 at 6:39 pm


  2. MaryLou Drammis on April 5, 2022 at 6:40 pm

    Is it ok for me to use s mix of peat moss and premiuum topsoil?

  3. FattiApples on April 5, 2022 at 6:48 pm

    When you poke holes in the bottom, do these galvanized tubs rust over time?

  4. Mike Hendrix on April 5, 2022 at 6:48 pm

    Untrue I formation you’re telling the viewers. 2 thumbs down

  5. linda kean on April 5, 2022 at 6:48 pm

    Gary, I finally got all my transplants potted outside. After a few days I see my tomato plants are getting a light beige-silver color on the leaves but not on the veins. What is this? I’m using 50/50 garden soil and peat. Put a little lime in the bottom and I gave them some worm tea the day after planting. Thanks for all your great videos!

  6. Tainy Paz on April 5, 2022 at 6:49 pm

    I don’t have much sun where I would like to plant tomatoes. Can I plant 3 or 2 tomatoes if the container is long? or do they need to be all separate for each other?

  7. Balla 4 Life on April 5, 2022 at 6:49 pm

    I love Gary’s channel, but I am so confused. In previous videos, he showed a Black Kow bag of manure, as well as topsoil and peat moss for the potting mix recipe. In this video he doesn’t mention the Black Kow and also commented below not to use it. I know everyone uses their own way of making a container mix, but I want to start off right. This is one of the reasons why I use the Dutch Bucket hydroponic setup. Soil based gardening is confusing to me. The questions I have are, should I use Black Kow, and if not what type of compost should I buy to use for container gardening? Also, I don’t see any mention of perlite or vermiculite. Are they not beneficial for water retention?

  8. Rennells Suburban Homestead Prepping for Survival on April 5, 2022 at 6:54 pm

    We are going to use the blue food grade barrels for ours!

  9. Acorn on April 5, 2022 at 6:54 pm

    so width is more important than height of pots? Not sure how deep tomato and pepper roots go? They are seasonal so it can’t be more than a feet?

  10. Noha El Hosseiny on April 5, 2022 at 6:55 pm

    Wouldn’t galvanized steel containers heat up like furnaces in an intense summer heat???

  11. White Kita on April 5, 2022 at 6:56 pm

    I am new to gardening, so I am wondering why do you remove the flowers?…..

  12. Leesa Roberts on April 5, 2022 at 6:58 pm

    I’ve always wanted to grow my own tomato’s. I really wish I could. Great video !!

  13. Cecil Brown on April 5, 2022 at 7:01 pm

    We call it a foot tub in Carolina,we would never intentionally make a hole in a foot tub but I do plant in several old tubs that srang a leak.

  14. keith connell on April 5, 2022 at 7:01 pm

    Good stuff, as always. Definitely going to refer back to this video in the future, since I always container garden.

  15. Memes Are Gr8 on April 5, 2022 at 7:02 pm

    Why do you have to remove the flowers?

  16. Valerie Clare on April 5, 2022 at 7:02 pm

    Thanks Gary. I just love your videos, because it helps those of us that are newbies.

  17. Linda Johnson on April 5, 2022 at 7:03 pm

    Hi Gary. Great video and I always enjoy reading your replies to the comments afterwards.

    Here is a QUESTION that wasn’t covered and I haven’t ever seen it mentioned or referenced. First, the reason for the question. This year I had my soil tested. I was curious to see how good or bad it was and to see if I could save myself some money on fertilizer if I didn’t need any. So, I tested the soil in my raised beds, the compost pile and the tree pile (it’s a place where I dump my buckets at the end of the year and then in the spring I use that soil with my compost in making up new buckets). In short, all the major and micro nutrients were off the charts except nitrogen. I am a bit deficient in this. I was told not to add anymore fertilizer for a couple of years.

    So here is the question, when it comes to adding the nitrogen can I use just the fish and or worm tea as a foliage spray every 10 to 14 days or should I use the urea or blood meal or should I use both the in soil nitrogen and the foliage nitrogen sprays?

  18. elaine t on April 5, 2022 at 7:03 pm

    I have 10 gallon fabric pots. How many peppers can I plant in them? And how often should I give the water soluble fertilizer?

  19. ce sturdy on April 5, 2022 at 7:04 pm

    Plastic containers it is said are only good for a couple years. What about the resin plastic pots that are between 16 gal to 24 gal and advertised as weather resistant?

  20. Acorn on April 5, 2022 at 7:04 pm

    I have grown some herbs in containers and I have used container mix and so far I did not see any loss of soil. So i will have growing volume of soil when I make next container mix next year with new peet poss and compost?

  21. Rob Vail on April 5, 2022 at 7:06 pm

    This will be a complete newbie question but…I’ve put Jalapeno and Habanero plants in. The Jalapeno have gotten yellow leaves but are putting out some peppers (small though they are at this point). I’ve fertilized with miracle gro organics as well as I’ve put 511 fish fertilizer as well. What else can I do to stop the yellowing of the leaves? BTW, I love your channel. Been so helpful.

  22. Acorn on April 5, 2022 at 7:07 pm

    Is it too late to start tomato and other veggies from seeds? Do i need to start from grow lights for tomatoes? We do get plenty of sun this time of year.

  23. Mike Hendrix on April 5, 2022 at 7:07 pm

    Tomatoes will not turn over in a 5 gal Container if you have it secured. You telling the viewers the wrong info

  24. Acorn on April 5, 2022 at 7:09 pm

    Gary: How many plants one can grow in one of these tubs? 4 tomato plants too many? Does it make difference determine or undetermined tomatto can be grown in this tub? It is not very high, but I like large surface area.

  25. GVanet on April 5, 2022 at 7:10 pm

    I have store bought mix, Miracle grow, and then ordered coconut coir. Can I mix this up to make a good mixture for my tomatoes and peppers, or do I also need peat moss. Also I have been saving egg shells which I pulverized can I use that instead of garden lime to prevent blossom end rot, or should I use both.

  26. Linda Johnson on April 5, 2022 at 7:10 pm

    Hi again, I forgot to ask my other QUESTION. I noticed you don’t wet your soil before adding in your plants in the planters whether they are 5 gallon or the larger ones in this video. I’ve noticed that the bottom half of the containers stay dry. Will that bottom half eventually get moist?

  27. Mark Jenkins on April 5, 2022 at 7:11 pm

    You’ve got superb knowlwdge on this video.

  28. Calcat737 on April 5, 2022 at 7:12 pm

    Can Earth soil be replaced by top soil mix? Thanks 😎

  29. Robert Paul Bishop on April 5, 2022 at 7:13 pm

    Another excellent video. Question, please … at the end of the season, what do you do with the “soil” mix from the containers? Can one re-use them with by amending for following years? Thanks Paul

  30. Kayla Sloan on April 5, 2022 at 7:13 pm

    So how often do you water? Does the soil need to be consistently moist or do I let it dry then water ? I’m planting tomatoes, carrots, chives, and potatoes. All container gardening.

  31. Qwerty Qaz on April 5, 2022 at 7:13 pm

    Nice, I like those. How many dinosaur Kale plants do you think I could put in one of those?

  32. TKSoupmix Kinsey on April 5, 2022 at 7:15 pm

    Gary, do some research and a video on reusing emptied “cattle mineral lick tubs”. They are just a bit larger than that 17g tub and either Free or very cheap!! I get mine from a local farmer for $4 each.

  33. Qwerty Qaz on April 5, 2022 at 7:15 pm

    How long do you think that those specific tubs you bought will hold up? I ask because I’m considering putting a blueberry plant in them and hope that it will live for a decade in there. Also I wonder if having acidic soil for the blueberry would tend to rot that metal faster?

  34. Atrin Almani on April 5, 2022 at 7:16 pm

    Hi Gary,
    Thanks for sharing your knowledge. You didn’t add any perlite or vermiculite to the mix isn’t that going to cause any problem for water drainage?

  35. Acorn on April 5, 2022 at 7:18 pm

    Do you have any video of results, veggie grown in these tubs vs 5 gallon or other size containers?

  36. Scott Holmes on April 5, 2022 at 7:20 pm

    How muc does a tank cost?

  37. Ron romeo on April 5, 2022 at 7:22 pm

    What about grow pots.

  38. butterflybeatles on April 5, 2022 at 7:22 pm

    Loosening the roots is called ‘scarify’. Don’t you just love that word?

  39. Job Doe on April 5, 2022 at 7:23 pm

    the man with the plan

  40. Sheena's Garden on April 5, 2022 at 7:24 pm

    Great information as always thank you

  41. Michael J on April 5, 2022 at 7:25 pm

    That garden lime has too much magnesium in it. A better buffer mix is 5 cups calcium carbonate to 1 cup Garden Lime to buffer one bale (3cf) of peat.

  42. BA on April 5, 2022 at 7:27 pm

    Hi, Gary. Thank you for sharing! Could anything be planted in the space around the tomato?

  43. Griselda Dowtin on April 5, 2022 at 7:29 pm

    Thank you Gary! Definitely I will use one of those containers for my strawberry 🍓. Video is fabulous as the others

  44. GreenhouseAnderson on April 5, 2022 at 7:29 pm

    These are galvanized, so what about zinc toxicity?

  45. Sunita Balant on April 5, 2022 at 7:29 pm

    Really Love the containers!! what did you use to make the holes? Can I use a hammer and a thick nail to make it?

  46. Rocio Antone on April 5, 2022 at 7:31 pm

    why do we need to remove the flowers at transplant?

  47. jean graze on April 5, 2022 at 7:32 pm

    I notice my plants in galvanized tub grow faster and produced more compared to the ones in grow bags. I dont know why? Everything was done the same.

  48. RK4000 on April 5, 2022 at 7:32 pm

    Why did you take off the flowers?

  49. LAVegGarden on April 5, 2022 at 7:34 pm

    This video was really helpful. I have a container garden (year 1) as my garden space is small. I have similar pot sizes and grow bags. The pots I have sweet corn, raspberries and strawberries. I am struggling with cucumbers in containers, so any advice would be great. Toms in grow bags are growing well. But I was also interested in how you grow peppers, I will try that.


  50. justalurkr on April 5, 2022 at 7:37 pm

    Why are we removing the flower to transplant? And would I do that with the snap pea plant I’m about to transplant?

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