A bit of a conundrum
Hi there, I just joined the group a little while ago. I've been gardening for probably ten years now, mostly with tomatoes and flowers, though I have tried my hand with herbs, peppers, zucchinis and a handful of other veggies. I've been getting my garden fix in college by coming home and working my parents' garden in the summers, but this will be the first summer I won't be coming home, and I currently live in a little apartment with a gravel-covered common space, the apartments forming a U around it. I'm currently surviving on a little window gardening of herbs, including chives, curly parsley, sweet marjoram, dill, sweet basil, cilantro, and oregano. However, I'm really going to miss my tomato garden. I'm pondering putting a big pot out in the courtyard to grow. Does anyone know much about container gardening? Usually, I'd just till over the soil, and have a few volunteers from the previous season that would sort of fill in the gaps if any of the plants I planted didn't make it. But now, I'm only going to have one (maybe two) chances at this, and I want to make sure I do this right. So my question is: what should I buy, as a poor college student with the above restrictions? I've been spoiled on a myriad of fertilizers, organic pesticides, and heirloom tomatoes the last few years, and need help on how to get a working tomato garden together on a budget. Any ideas, tips, or tricks? Thanks in advance for your help.