Growing Tomato Plants in Containers

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tomato plants in containers

I love to garden, but space is an issue for me. Where we presently live, I only have one incredibly small courtyard. The space is so small, I stick to gardening my herbs in vegetables in containers. Every year I plant a large container of herbs and a few vegetables. One of my favorite things to grow in my courtyard is a cherry tomato plant. There are breeds of tomato plants designed specifically for growing in containers. The plants are small, compact and produce a ton of tomatoes.

To get my plant to produce even more tomatoes, I use Miracle Grow. You know that magic blue fertilizer that you mix with water or put in the special container for the garden hose?  It’s a trick I learned from mom. We used it on all of our flowers, the grass, our vegetable garden, and everywhere else. It makes the whole yard so beautiful green, and lush.

I was so happy when Miracle Grow contacted me about a new product they have, Miracle-Gro® Expand ‘n Gro™.   It’s a concentrated planted mix that does so much:

• Up to 3X the Flowers and Vegetables!* *versus native soil
• Significantly improves soil for multiple years
• Concentrated planting mix expands up to 3X when water is added
• Feeds for up to 6 months
• All natural fibers hold up to 50% more water than basic potting soil

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I couldn’t wait to try this new product with a container tomato plant. The bag of soil was surprisingly light. The bag seems to weigh about half of a regular bag of potting soil.


I followed the directions on the package, adding equal parts water to a container that I had filled about 1/3 full with planting soil. You just mix the soil with the water until it is completely wet. It’s surprisingly light. I really think the roots of anything wood thrive in the soil.

Here’s directions on exactly how to use it, and how it works:

And here’s what I ended up with. My soil didn’t expand 3x, maybe 2 3/4 times the size. However, it was still amazing to see the soil transform like that when I added the water.

soil with water

Then my son and I planted the little tomato plant. It’s a cherry tomato plant. I have big expectations for this little guy. I’ll keep you updated on his progress.

baby tomato plant

Be sure to  check out Miracle-Gro® Expand ‘n Gro™ Concentrated Planting Mix and try it out for yourself. It makes a great potting soil for containers and makes prepping for your spring an summer planting a cinch.  I’ll be giving away a sample size of Miracle-Gro® Expand ‘n Gro™ too! Just leave a comment below and one lucky winner will receive this amazing new planting mix to try for themselves! Winner will be chosen using

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