First, I woud like to thank the forum members who welcomed me to this forum when I registered as a "Newbie' last week.
Next, I have to reiterate my complete lack of gardening experience in general, and container gardening in particular. Since joinng I have spent a considerable amount of time going through the various forum posts trying to learn as much as possible. I've come to the conclusion gardening, in a sense, is similar to fishing --- everyone has their own favorite equipment, lure, and 'hole'. Wih this thought in mind, I have some basic quesions to ask. Also, keep in mind I am primarily interested in growing tomatoes.
COMMERCIAL POTTING MIX --- Jiffy Mix, Promix, Jiffy Pro, etc. --- all similar or some better than others? Related question, use alone or add other mediums to mix?
CAGES --- Is the idea to keep as much of the plant as possible within the confines of the cage, or do you allow the vines to spread outside of the cage?
MAGNESIUM --- Calcium nitrate, dolomite lime, hydrated lime, eggshells, 'tums', etc. And a related question, can you overdue calcium?
TOMATO VARIETIES --- I'm living in southeastern Pennsylvania and am considering planting the following six varieties in 8-gallon containers.
2 paste --- Viva Italia & Super San Marzano
2 cherry --- Sungold & Supersweet 100
2 slicers --- Jet Star & Big Beef
These are a few of the basic questions I have at the moment and will help me getting started on the learning curve. I'm sure I will have many more as I ventue forth. EACH AND EVERY reply will be looked forward to and ANY AND ALL information greatfully accepted.