We have had a few years of growing tomatoes and peppers in 5 gallon buckets but nothing as we did once we started to garden in the ground. We are amateur gardeners, this being 2010 our 3rd year of gardening in the ground. We have found that we like to garden both in the ground and containers. The containers we have found work better for some vegetables such as carrots cherry tomatoes and it is more convenient for us to have our lettuce and baby spinach on the porch in a container. Each year we are trying new things. Each Winter Todd researches more on the internet on how to make the next year better.