Planting Projects: Zucchini, Tomatoes & Basil

  • Pick a container that has a diameter of at least 24 inches, then find a place for it that gets at least 6 to 8 hours of sun.
  • Fill the large container to just below the rim with premium potting mix. (We recommend Miracle-Gro® Moisture Control® Potting Mix.)
  • Dig a planting hole and bury ⅔ of the tomato plant. The buried stem will sprout roots to help strengthen the plant. Plant the two remaining pots container-deep, spacing them as far as you can from each other and the tomato plant.
  • Add a tomato cage around the tomato plant.
  • Water thoroughly to help the soil settle.
  • Cover the potting mix with mulch (such as pine straw, wheat straw, or chopped leaves). This will keep the sun from reaching the soil, keeping soil moist and helping block weeds.
  • As the zucchini plant grows, allow it to drape over the side of the pot. If the pot is on the ground (vs. a deck or patio), spread mulch beneath the vine to keep it from coming in contact with the dirt.

* For best results, choose a bush-style tomato, such as Better Bush, or other determinate variety like Celebrity, which tops out at 3 to 4 feet, making it a good choice for containers.

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