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A Container Gardens With Tomato Plants, Lettuce Plants, Herbs, And Flowers

Updated on May 23, 2017

Container gardens are ideal for people who have limited space, or who do not want to improve their soil. All you have to do is buy potting soil, containers, the plants, and it is time to start container gardening. Tomato plants are ideal for containers if you love to eat organic tomatoes in sandwiches and all salads, but hate paying such exorbitant prices for organic ones at the store. A fully grown tomato plant can pay for itself many times over in the amount of fruit it produces, and you may even have some tomatoes you want to freeze for later use. In the middle of winter, I always loved taking out a bag of frozen tomatoes from my mother's garden, which have so much more flavor than canned tomatoes. Actually, I love tomatoes so much, that I have a feeling that any of the fruit produced by the plants in my container garden will be long gone before winter.

Tomato plants growing with the help of cages.
Tomato plants growing with the help of cages.

Growing plants in containers is much easier than growing these in the ground. Containers are also more convenient because these can be moved around so the plants get proper sunlight, which is especially if you live in a place that tends to get uneven amounts. All you have to do is simply move the containers to the sunny spot of your backyard throughout the day, but of course, you have to be home to do so. Mostly I prefer just keeping my container plants in one location, but it is helpful to move these around from time to time if you discover a few plants are getting too much shade.

White and purple osteospermum flowers.
White and purple osteospermum flowers.
Tomato plants are growing in their containers during week two.
Tomato plants are growing in their containers during week two.

During week two of the container garden the tomato plants continue to steadily grow. In the picture above you can also see the marigold plants getting ready to bloom in the bright yellow container. In the video below I documented what the tomato plants looked like during the second week of growth.

Close up of the oregano and Osteopermum flowers.
Close up of the oregano and Osteopermum flowers.
Closeup of the tomato plants flourishing.
Closeup of the tomato plants flourishing.
The foliage of the tomato plants is actually quite fragrant.
The foliage of the tomato plants is actually quite fragrant.
Peering down on the tomato plants.
Peering down on the tomato plants.
Potting tomatoes in containers is easy since you can control the process.
Potting tomatoes in containers is easy since you can control the process.
Watering the chili plants, and the osteospermum.  The small holes in the bottom of the containers allows he water to drain out, as it has on the pavement.  It is simple to clean later by moving the containers and hosing down the cement area.
Watering the chili plants, and the osteospermum. The small holes in the bottom of the containers allows he water to drain out, as it has on the pavement. It is simple to clean later by moving the containers and hosing down the cement area.
Looking at the tomato plants from over the table.  I like how there is a bit of water on the table in this photograph.
Looking at the tomato plants from over the table. I like how there is a bit of water on the table in this photograph.
Another picture of the tomato plants growing taller.
Another picture of the tomato plants growing taller.

The tomato plants are amazing to watch as they grow. This picture was taken just around the time I was getting ready to place cages in the containers, which help to stabilize the plants as they continue to get taller.

The beginning of the third week when the tomato plants finally got their cages.
The beginning of the third week when the tomato plants finally got their cages.
The tomato plants are beginning to grow with their cages.
The tomato plants are beginning to grow with their cages.
A blooming marigold flower.
A blooming marigold flower.
Another picture of the blooming marigold, which was beginning to wilt.
Another picture of the blooming marigold, which was beginning to wilt.
The tomato plant is climbing up the cage placed in the container.
The tomato plant is climbing up the cage placed in the container.
Several tomato plants growing taller with the aid of the cages.
Several tomato plants growing taller with the aid of the cages.
Having an oregano plant is ideal because I love to cook with this herb.
Having an oregano plant is ideal because I love to cook with this herb.
Tomato plants growing in their cages.
Tomato plants growing in their cages.
The lettuce leaves are beginning to sprout about a week after planting the seeds.
The lettuce leaves are beginning to sprout about a week after planting the seeds.
Focusing in on the verdant tomato plant.
Focusing in on the verdant tomato plant.
The green foliage of tomato plants.
The green foliage of tomato plants.
The tomato plants are growing larger.
The tomato plants are growing larger.
A hardy tomato plant.
A hardy tomato plant.
Looking down on the tomato plants.
Looking down on the tomato plants.
I create mulch for my tomato plants with dried leaves that fall from the tree above.
I create mulch for my tomato plants with dried leaves that fall from the tree above.
The lush foliage of a tomato plant is truly inviting.
The lush foliage of a tomato plant is truly inviting.
The lettuce leaves are peeking up from beneath the soil.
The lettuce leaves are peeking up from beneath the soil.
The subtle beauty of tomato plants.
The subtle beauty of tomato plants.
Tomato cages help the plants from drooping over as they grow.
Tomato cages help the plants from drooping over as they grow.
You have to arrange the tomato branches as they scale up the cage.
You have to arrange the tomato branches as they scale up the cage.
I love the yellow color of the planters in contrast to the green ones.
I love the yellow color of the planters in contrast to the green ones.

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    • SweetiePie profile imageAUTHOR

      SweetiePie 

      7 years ago from Southern California, USA

      I appreciate your comments Jane!

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      JaneDough101 

      7 years ago

      Hi! I am new and just reading articles that interest me....and of course yours does as I am a retired chef and love growing my own herbs, etc. I will follow you!

    • SweetiePie profile imageAUTHOR

      SweetiePie 

      7 years ago from Southern California, USA

      Appreciate everyone's comments.

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      Diana Mendes 

      7 years ago

      Enjoyed your hub sweetiepie. I am very fond of gardening but have limited space. Thanks for sharing. I loved the pictures too. Great hub, certainly rated up.

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      Hello, hello, 

      7 years ago from London, UK

      Great information.

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      Victor Mavedzenge 

      7 years ago from Oakland, California

      Very well put together Sweetiepie

    • SweetiePie profile imageAUTHOR

      SweetiePie 

      7 years ago from Southern California, USA

      dps,

      I hope you enjoy tomato gardening!

      almasi,

      I appreciate that you linked to my container gardening hub, and I will definitely read yours as well.

      Dav,

      Yes, container gardening is an ideal way to garden in a limited amount of space.

      Violent Sun,

      I am sure your garden looks beautiful Violet. Maybe you should write a hub about it if you have time :).

      Princessa,

      Yes, growing strawberries on the ground in a bed can be a lot of work, and sometimes animals eat the berries before everything can be picked. I love your idea of hanging these from suspensions, and maybe I will try this. Thanks for sharing!

      KoffeeKlatchGals,

      The container gardening sure works for me with limited space. I love the ease of it too, and much less work than digging up the ground.

      MovieMaster,

      I am so excited for fresh tomatoes because even the organic ones from the store never taste quite as good.

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      Movie Master 

      7 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Sweetiepie, container growing is just ideal for a limited space, and freshly picked tomatoes taste so much better than bought ones, great pictures, rated up.

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      Susan Hazelton 

      7 years ago from Sunny Florida

      SweetiePie, container growing seems to have become the yup and coming way to go. It's a great idea. Loved your pictures.

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      Wendy Iturrizaga 

      7 years ago from France

      Excellent idea. Strawberries are also a good choice for growing in containers. These year I put mine on suspensions which is amazing as the plants look extremely beautiful and when the fruit comes it just hangs free so it doesn't get dirty and it doesn't require as much work as growing them on ground. The only "problem" (or advantage for some) is that the children keep picking-on and eating the fruit every time they pass near the suspensions LOL so the fruit never sees the table...

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      VioletSun 

      7 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

      SweetiePie, Thanks for sharing this! You have motivated for me to try. You do have a green thumb. Enjoyed looking at the photos and Youtube.

      Rated up!

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      Dave Pinkney 

      7 years ago from United Kingdom

      What a great idea!

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      almasi 

      7 years ago

      Thanks for a beautiful hub in all aspects. I too love Apartment Gardening and I have linked your hub to mine. http://hubpages.com/hub/Top-Container-Gardening-Id...

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      dps 

      7 years ago from Mesa, Arizona

      Thank you for the information. I love garden fresh tomatoes and have limited space to grow them. I will definitely try container growing.

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