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When to Plant Tomatoes – Best Time to Start Tomatoes

Posted by on 26 Jan 2010 | Tagged as: Tomato Gardening Tips

We all want to get started early in the spring planting our tomatoes, but we need to know when to plant them. But it doesn't pay to start them at the wrong time. Too early and you end up with leggy transplants that won't get a good start. Too late and you will miss the prime growing season for tomatoes. Here is a look at the best time to plant your tomatoes.
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Indoor Tomatoes – Tips for Growing Indoor Tomatoes

Posted by on 25 Oct 2009 | Tagged as: Container Tomatoes

There are a number of ways to grow tomatoes indoors. You can start just a few for seedlings in peat pellets or pots for transplanting later, or grow a few in a mini indoor greenhouse, or just set a few by the windowsill and hope for the best. But tomatoes do have a few needs that help them grow a little better indoors. Here are a few tips for getting those tomatoes growing indoors.
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Picking Tomatoes – Know When to Pick Tomatoes

Posted by on 21 Oct 2009 | Tagged as: Tomato Gardening Tips

After all the hard work you put into your tomato garden, the last thing you want to do is either pick tomatoes too soon or to leave them on the vine too long. Here are some tips on how to know when to pick tomatoes in your garden.
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Compost Tea for the Tomato Garden

Posted by on 29 Sep 2009 | Tagged as: Composting Tips

Compost tea is one of the classic organic fertilizers. It's best when it's brewed from fully composted materials, but you can brew it with a composter like the Envirocycle compost tea maker and tumbler. Alternatives there are kits for making compost tea. Here's some tips on how to brew your own compost tea.
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Tomatoes and Cholesterol – Lowering Cholesterol with Tomatoes

Posted by on 22 Sep 2009 | Tagged as: Tomato Recipes

There are a number of health benefits that are claimed for including tomatoes in your diet. Here is a look at how the Mediterranean people may have a reduced cholesterol diet based on their consumption of tomatoes.
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Watering Tomatoes – Tools to Keep Your Tomato Garden Watered

Posted by on 12 Sep 2009 | Tagged as: Tomato Gardening Tips

We all know that keeping your tomatoes well watered is critical not only for the best production from your tomato garden, but it also helps ward off diseases like blossom end rot as well. But keeping the garden watered can be a time consuming task, not to mention a lot of work. Here is a look at some watering tools for the garden that will help keep your tomatoes well watered and your body well rested.
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Squirrels Eating Tomatoes? Keep Squirrels from Your Tomatoes

Posted by on 14 Aug 2009 | Tagged as: Tomato Pests

Face it. Squirrels are a garden nuisance. They go after a lot of things, but when squirrels start eating tomatoes that's the last straw. Here is a look at a few ideas for keep squirrels from your tomatoes. I'd add to the list sprinking pepper flakes around, it has worked with rabbits for us.
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Blossom End Rot – How to Stop Tomato Blossom End Rot

Posted by on 16 Jul 2009 | Tagged as: Tomato Pests

Blossom end rot is one of the most common problems the home gardener sees in their tomato garden. Here are some ideas on how to stop blossom end rot from ruining your tomato crop.
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Patio Tomatoes – Growing Tomatoes on a Balcony or Patio

Posted by on 31 May 2009 | Tagged as: Container Tomatoes

Patio tomatoes can actually refer to 2 different things. One, patio tomatoes are a unique variety of tomatoes. The other, of course, is a great place to grow tomatoes for almost anyone. A patio or balcony can be available to almost anyone.
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Mantis Compost-Twin Reviewed

Posted by on 12 May 2009 | Tagged as: Composting Tips

The Mantis Compost-Twin is often thought of as the Cadillac of garden composters. Here's a look at the pros and cons of the Compost -Twin.
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Beefsteak Tomatoes – Tips for Growing Great Beefsteak Tomatoes

Posted by on 01 May 2009 | Tagged as: Tomato Gardening Tips

One of the more popular varieties of tomatoes are beefsteak tomatoes. These are some of the larger tomatoes most gardeners grow, so they take some extra pride in them. Here are some tips to help you get the best beefsteak tomatoes around.
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Cold Frames for Tomatoes – Early Tomatoes with a Cold Frame

Posted by on 29 Apr 2009 | Tagged as: Container Tomatoes

One of the ways to get a early start on tomatoes is to use a cold frame. This traditional standby is a variation on a raised bed garden, where there is a cover to add protection from the cold temperatures for tender plants like tomatoes. Here's a look at how you can use a cold frame for starting your tomatoes.
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Starting Tomato Plants Indoors – Get the Jump On Tomato Gardening

Posted by on 15 Apr 2009 | Tagged as: Growing Tomatoes Indoors

You can always get the best selection and timing of when your tomato plants are available by starting your own tomato plants indoors, for example with an indoor greenhouse. Here's some tips on how to get your tomato plants started without those weak and spindly seedlings we all dread.
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Growing Cherry Tomatoes – Tips on How to Grow Cherry Tomatoes

Posted by on 15 Apr 2009 | Tagged as: Tomato Gardening Tips

Cherry tomatoes are a favorite of many gardeners. Cherry tomatoes have a few advantages over some of the larger tomato varieties that make them a must have in many tomato gardens. Here's a few tips on how to grow cherry tomatoes.

One thing to note is that most cherry tomato varieties are indeterminate tomatoes, which means that the vine will keep growing larger as time goes on. This is a good thing from the standpoint of extending the harvest, but it also means that cherry tomatoes are not a particularly good choice for use in a hanging tomato planter. Many gardeners make the mistake of thinking that small tomatoes means a small plant.
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Tomato Cages and Trellises Increase Tomato Yields

Posted by on 10 Apr 2009 | Tagged as: Tomato Gardening Tips

Tomatoes are just about the most common crop grown in home gardens. They are fairly easy to grow, but one that tomatoes need special attention is the fact that they won't support themselves. For that many gardeners turn to a tomato trellis or cage, or even some of the newer tomato spiral stakes.

Many folks like to build their own tomato spirals or cages. There are a few advantages to making your own tomato cages. If you buy materials like a roll of chicken wire or reinforcing wire, the cost for several cages is much lower than buying individual cages, unless you buy them in bulk.
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Grass Clippings as Mulch – Using Grass Clippings for Garden Mulch

Posted by on 07 Apr 2009 | Tagged as: Composting Tips

Grass clippings are one of the most common forms of yard waste, and in the spirit of composting and recycling the question often comes up about using grass clippings as mulch for the garden. Here's a look at using grass clippings for garden mulch.
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Tomato Horn Worm Video- Killing Tomato Horn Worms

Posted by on 01 Apr 2009 | Tagged as: Tomato Pests

Tomato horn worms are easy to identify, and need to be removed quickly, as they can strip a tomato plant of its leaves in a day. Here's some ideas on how to control tomato horn worms, along with a video of the parasitic wasps that feast on tomato horn worms.
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Japanese Tomato Ring – Improve Your Tomato Plant Yields

Posted by on 01 Apr 2009 | Tagged as: Tomato Gardening Tips

Tomato gardeners are always on the lookout for ways to improve tomato plant yield. Actually invented here in the US, it's still a great way to create an intensive tomato garden. Here's a look at this classic technique to increase tomato plant yields.
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Heirloom Tomatoes – Color a Rainbow with Heirloom Tomatoes

Posted by on 31 Mar 2009 | Tagged as: Heirloom Tomatoes

People attribute many different advantages to heirloom tomatoes. Fresh taste, the ability to save your own seeds, time tested hardiness in the environment are just a few. But one often overlooked characteristic of heirloom tomatoes is the variation in color. Here's a look at the choices of colors available in heirloom tomatoes.
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Growing Heirloom Tomatoes – Tips on How to Grow Heirloom Tomatoes

Posted by on 30 Mar 2009 | Tagged as: Heirloom Tomatoes

When you start to grow tomatoes in your garden or even grow tomatoes in pots, you may want to try something a little different. Growing heirloom tomatoes will typically not only give you a variety of tomatoes that you don't see in the store every day, but you can harvest not only the tomatoes but the seeds as well, so you have invested in something that will produce for years. With that in mind, here are some tips on how to grow heirloom tomatoes.
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Soil pH – How to Correct Soil pH in Garden Soil

Posted by on 28 Mar 2009 | Tagged as: Tomato Gardening Tips

One of the first things to do when starting a new garden, and probably every spring is to do a soil check. One of the most important things to check after nutrient levels is the soil pH. Here's a good article that discusses exactly what soil pH is, and more importantly, how to correct the soil pH in your yard. For those interested in growing tomatoes, the soil pH you'd like to get to is around 6.0 to 6.5.
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Composting Kitchen Scraps – What Can You Compost?

Posted by on 27 Mar 2009 | Tagged as: Composting Tips

Kitchen scraps are a great source of composting materials for your compost pile. But you do need to take a little care in choosing the materials that you save from the kitchen for the compost bin. Some materials will only serve to attract pests to the compost pile while not really breaking down well into compost. Others may not attract vermin and other pests, but still are slow to break down and do little to help the composting process. Here's a look at some of the items that would be good to include in your compost crock or compost pail.
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Worm Castings – Using Worm Castings in Your Garden

Posted by on 25 Mar 2009 | Tagged as: Composting Tips

One great way to improve the soil in your garden is to use earthworm castings. There are a couple of ways to start worm composting (or vermicomposting as it's often known), one is to add somered wigglers to your compost bin, taking care that it will not heat up too quickly. The other is to use a worm composter like the Can o Worm Composter that will let you keep composting year round, even indoors if you like. Here'e and article where we take a look at how to use worm castings in your garden.
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Tomato Black Fungus Disease – Preventing Black Fungus Disease

Posted by on 23 Mar 2009 | Tagged as: Tomato Pests

Black fungus disease in your tomato plants can be tough to get rid of as it can linger in the environment. Here's an article on some traditional ways to rid your tomato growing areas of black fungus.
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Brandywine Tomatoes – A Popular Heirloom Tomato

Posted by on 21 Mar 2009 | Tagged as: Heirloom Tomatoes

There is a a lot of attention these days by tomato gardeners on heirloom tomatoes. Many consider them to have superior taste to some of the more recent hybrids, and one of the most popular heirloom tomatoes is the Brandywine tomato. Here's a look a the characteristics and gardening tips for getting the best Brandywine production.
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