On Sunday I put my tomato plants into their final homes, which in most cases are 35-litre black plastic pots.
I did 12 of these. That's quite a lot of compost that I had to shift! I used mostly my own home-made compost that I extracted from the bins back in January. It had been "cooking" for about a year, so it ought to be good. I mixed in a small proportion (maybe 10%) of commercial multi-purpose compost, just to bulk it out a bit, and I gave each pot a handful of pelleted chicken manure.
After doing the big black pots, I also put four "Maskotka" tomato plants into a pair of plastic crates which fit neatly into my tall wooden planter.
"Maskotka" is a trailing type, and it will enjoy having the height of the planter, which is about three feet tall.
I also planted two "Montello" plants. This is another trailing bush variety, so I have given them some height too, by standing each pot on top of another one of similar design, like this:
I have 12 of those terracotta-coloured square containers. Until this year, this is what I had used for growing my big tomatoes in, but I found them less than satisfactory. They were never really big enough for the larger Beefsteak type tomatoes, and the self-watering feature was not very good. I think they are OK for smaller tomato plants, particularly the less top-heavy bush varieties.
This is the full list of the types of tomato I'm growing this year.
In 35-litre black plastic pots.
Dwarf Beauty King
Dwarf Barossa Fest
In black plastic crates in the tall wooden planter.
Maskotka x 4
In the square "balconnieres".
Montello x 2