In Backyard Farming on an Acre (More or Less) I talk about using container gardens as a way to garden intensively in small-spaces. But not just any vegetable can be planted in a container and expected to thrive.
“Check the mature size of the plant for an idea of whether you can expect it to do well in a container.”
Backyard Farming on an Acre (More or Less) page 54
Tomatoes are definitely one of those vegetables that can grow over 10 feet and take a huge amount of space, or stay compact and perfect for containers depending on the variety you choose. Here are some of the varieties that will do well in container plantings.
Balcony Tomato – As the name implies, this red cherry tomato plant grows to a dwarf 2 feet in size that won’t overrun a medium container.
Gold Nugget – One-inch, round tomatoes are a cheerful golden color on bushy plants that grow about 3 feet tall and wide.
Lemon Drop – Gorgeous little yellow cherry tomatoes, lemon drop tomato vines are measured in inches, not feet, and only reach about 40 inches tall making them ideal container tomatoes.
Orange Blossom – A true orange hybrid tomato, this variety produces 6 to 7 ounce tomatoes.
Sweet Baby Girl – Huge clusters of one-ounce fruits on a compact, 4-foot vine that stays the perfect size for a container planting.
Valley Girl – Eight -ounce, red tomatoes that are tasty, and the plants tolerate temperature variations, making it hardy in a container.