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Almost Ready Tomatoes

I just love the smell of tomato plants and green tomatoes. These are getting ready to be eaten. How do your tomatoes look? Send me some pics and I’ll post them.

I’ve written before that the real reason to grow a veggie garden is for the tomatoes. Other produce you can get at the grocery […]

For the Love of Tomatoes

I have to admit that the main reason for my garden is the tomatoes. Most grocery store tomatoes are varieties that have been bred for appearance and shipping durability, but are often mealy and tasteless. There is an almost endless variety of tomatoes available in the seed catalogues and garden centers, with […]

Plant Supports

This beautiful cucumber trellis is a great example of utilizing every square foot of real estate in your raised garden bed. I love that in this picture, the gardener planted lettuce all around the cucumber trellis, which has very shallow roots. The cucumbers will send their roots deeper into the soil so you won’t […]

My Favorite Tomato Varieties

This pink indeterminate beefsteak is my favorite tomato! It’s called Brandy Boy and Burpee claims it’s their best tasting hybrid tomato. I must agree. The fruit are big, sweet, juicy – everything you want in a tomato. Each plant will give me 30 to 40 lbs of tomatoes over the course of a season. The […]

Companion Herbs and Flowers

Basil is a wonderful companion to tomatoes.

I’d like to take some time to tell you about the basic companion planting tips that I’ve found to be very beneficial. I read once that growing basil next to your tomatoes makes the tomatoes more flavorful. I don’t know if this is really true, but they […]

Tomatoes!

There are few things as rewarding to grow as tomatoes. In fact, for me, they’re the reason for growing anything. It’s all about the tomatoes.

Warmed by the sun, a vine ripened tomato rinsed with the garden hose is one of the best snacks a gardener has. The flavor cannot be […]

Buying Seedlings

Shopping for vegetable seedlings can be confusing. Just with tomato plants alone there are many varieties and types of seedlings. Going to the local home store’s huge nursery can be a fun trip if you know what you’re going to plant. The problem is, they may not have what you want to plant. But […]

Another Plan for Your Raised Beds

Here is another plan for one of your 4′ x 4′ raised beds. To me, the main reason for gardening is the tomatoes, so I always dedicate one or two of my beds to tomatoes and the accompanying herbs and onions that compliment the tomatoes.

As you can see in this bed, I have four […]

Get Ready To Plant!

October is planting month here in south Florida, and any time during the month is good to plant in Zone 10. Ideally, it’s good to wait until mid month when the temperatures are likely to drop below 90 during the day. Tender seedlings don’t like extreme heat and hot sun, so get your beds ready, […]

Why Raised Beds?

Imagine a garden full of tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, corn, beans, peas, broccoli, cabbage, greens, gourmet lettuces, radishes, carrots, onions, potatoes and herbs, growing in your yard in as little as 64 square feet. Utilizing a modified version of Mel Bartholemew’s Square Foot Gardening principles, we will explore an almost work free garden (once you […]