Growing Tomatoes in a Pot

I've tried growing them in the ground with very little yield. I grew grafted varieties with much better success, but I can no longer find my favorite variety in grafted form. Besides, a tomato is not only a big plant, it's a big commitment. So I quit growing them for a couple years, until I discovered a purportedly "new breed" of tomatoes. These are full sized fruit grown on a plant that's a lot less rangy than the more typical tomato.
Tomato 'Dwarf Confetti' raring to grow in an 18" diameter pot.
I even found one that looks like it might taste like my all time favorite tomato--'Pineapple'. I started a variety from seed called 'Dwarf Confetti', and who'd have thought it? It grew beautifully!

Not long afterward, I received a sample seed packet from Renee's Gardens called 'Tasmanian Chocolate'. How fortuitous for me that I had decided to try tomatoes again, this time from seed.
Tomato 'Tasmanian Chocolate' in a 15" pot.
Because it's too late in most regions to start tomatoes from seed, I'll dispense with the play by play. Maybe next year. Anyway, I'm excited about the possibility of being able to pick my own yummy tomatoes.

I've been warned to plant just one seedling in a pot that is from 15" to 18" in diameter. I'll probably live to regret it, but the tomato in the 18" pot looked so small, and I had one other plant that I'd started that looked really healthy, so I nudged 'Dwarf Confetti' over and added 'Dwarf Velvet Night'. Then I tucked in a new basil called 'Amazel' because there was still a little empty spot and tomatoes and basil are a great combination.

This particular basil comes from Proven Winners and is sterile so it will be harvestable longer as it shouldn't set seed. Also, it's resistant to fungal disease. I'll certainly work on harvesting lots of basil to go with my tomatoes.
Ill-advised pairing of two tomato plants and a basil. Tomatoes 'Dwarf Confetti', 
'Dwarf Velvet Night' and Basil 'Amazel'.

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