Posted on 02 May 2010 by

Tomato Chronicles – Preparing the Bed

containerBy Mindy McIntosh-Shetter

Read Part 1

Containers allow the non-gardener, urban gardener or just the time-restrained gardener to have a “garden bed.”

They can come in all shapes and sizes from ones made of plastic or terra cotta, potting soil bags, to Topsy Turvy planters that can be homemade or store bought.

But regardless of what container you choose cleaning is an essential part of successful gardening.

Cleaning containers


  • Containers
  • Bleach
  • Bucket
  • Water
  • Scrub brush


1. Mix in bucket 1 part bleach to 3 parts water. This mixture sterilizes the containers.

2. Place containers in bleach/water solution and soak for 1 hour.

3. Remove from bleach/water solution and scrub away any remaining soil or hard water rings.

4. Place in sun to dry for several hours. This solar radiation will help kill any remaining pests/disease that may be left on containers.

As any good gardener knows what, where, when, and how you place your tomatoes in their “garden bed” is an indicator of how successful you are going to be in the gardening season. The Tomato Chronicles: Preparing the bed has provided direction to those who may have land or for those who do not.

In this series the what and where has been covered next the when and how will be explored. So sit down in your comfy chair, enjoy the sun on your face and read the next installment of The Tomato Chronicles: How to plant your tomatoes.

Till next time turn your brown thumb green, and your frown upside down it’s gardening time.

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