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2. Choose a Large ContainerIn general, you want to choose the largest container you can get your hands on. Tomatoes grow on giant, rambling, shrubby vines and need enough soil to support their growth. Plus, larger containers with deeper soil reservoirs are slower to dry out, giving you more of a buffer with your watering.Select a container that has a soil depth of at least 18 inches, ideally more than 2 feet of soil, or a total soil volume of about 20 gallons. Galvanized-metal water troughs can make excellent vessels for growing tomatoes, as do wine barrels. As with any container, make sure that there are drainage holes before planting, drilling them yourself if necessary.Note: When using metal containers, including feed troughs, avoid placing them in baking-heat settings or on asphalt, which can cause roots to burn.Browse outdoor pots and planters in the Houzz Shop
6. Urban FarmGalvanized livestock water tanks (available from feed stores), drilled with drainage holes, make excellent raised beds for smaller lots and urban gardens. They’re deep enough to grow larger vegetables like tomatoes and artichokes but don’t take up too much square footage.
3. A Tiny Garden Is the Perfect Size for BeginnersWhen you are just starting a garden for the first time, it’s easy to cover too much ground — those seed catalogs do look so tempting —and end up with too many garden chores and not enough time. A tiny garden is ideal for beginners since it forces you to start small. You will be glad you did.