Growing Tomatoes in Containers

Tomatoes will surprise you! They can withstand mighty close quarters and still deliver. If you don't have space in the ground, but you do have a hanging planter or a bushel basket and a sunny spot somewhere indoors or outside, prepare to grow your own tomatoes! Container Pointers Sun. Container tomatoes, like those in the garden, need … Continue reading Growing Tomatoes in Containers

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Prepping the Garden for Tomatoes

Where you plant your tomatoes in the garden is important. Tomatoes need at least six to eight hours of sun a day to produce well -- and full sun is best, especially in cooler, more northern climates. Tomato roots won't do well in soggy soil -- a sunny, well-drained part of your garden is best. Best Soil … Continue reading Prepping the Garden for Tomatoes

Growing Tomatoes

Healthy, vigorous tomato vines can produce a lot of fruit. If you're new to gardening, try growing just a few tomato plants at first - perhaps two or three plants of two to three different varieties. But of the thousands available, from cherished heirloom types to the hottest new hybrids, how do you narrow your choices? Criteria … Continue reading Growing Tomatoes

Tomato {Solanum lycopersicum}

The tomato plant (botanical name Solanum Lycopersicum) is a member of the nightshade family. Usually, plants of this species grow to a height of anything between one and three meters (3 to 10 feet) and have the very delicate stem that generally spread out over the ground as well as climbs like vines on other … Continue reading Tomato {Solanum lycopersicum}

DREAMING of BLTs-WITH HOMEGROWN TOMATOES.

It's time to dream of those summertime sandwiches and BLTs, made with tomatoes you grow in your own yard in pots or the ground. In most areas of the country, mid-May is the ideal time to put in tomatoes because they need warm soil, not just warm sun. They also need consistent moisture, especially while … Continue reading DREAMING of BLTs-WITH HOMEGROWN TOMATOES.

HERE’S WHAT’S AT STAKE with YOUR TOMATO CROP.

Tomato seedlings that were planted neatly near garden stakes are already beginning to take matters into their own hands, and if allowed to grow willy nilly will turn into a tangled mass of vines with tomato fruits many of them rotting-hidden in a dark jungle of stems. So, if you were planning to stake and … Continue reading HERE’S WHAT’S AT STAKE with YOUR TOMATO CROP.