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The State of Tomatoes

I picked another quart of cherry tomatoes this afternoon. Those Sweet Million plants just keep on producing. I’ve probably gotten 4 or 5 gallons per plant this season!

As I was inspecting my new plants, I pulled off the dead branches at the bottom. I don’t know why they do that, but the big tomato […]

Planting Seeds, Not Seedlings

There are plenty of vegetables that you can direct sow the seeds in your garden. Carrots, radishes, beets, corn, beans, peas and lettuces all are sown directly into the garden bed.

I now like to pre-treat the areas I’ll be directly sowing seeds into with BiotaMax. This ensures that the first roots […]

Spring Planting

Beefsteak tomatoes ripening on the vine.

Today Rick and I planted several more tomato plants. I am not satisfied with the large tomatoes I’m getting so far this season. They’re delicious, but far too few for me. Some kind of disease killed two of the three beefsteak tomato plants I had, and the resulting […]

Receiving Shipped Tomato Plants

Two days ago I received my order of tomato plants from Gardener’s Supply. I purchased two of their tomato grow bags to test them along with their container mix and organic tomato fertilizer. The plants arrived separately, shipped directly from the grower. The box they arrived in was a 12″ x 12″ x 12″ […]

Prepare Your Soil

There are a few things to think through as you plan your summer garden. Your garden needs full sun – at least 6 hours a day of full, direct sun. For those of you in the tropics, a southern exposure is necessary, and make sure it’s not shaded. Decide on the placement […]

Fertilizing Your Garden

Let me preface this post by saying that the best soil amendment is organic compost made from a variety of vegetation. It will have the greatest amount of nutrients for your plants. Mel Bartholomew recommends that whenever you pull a plant, work in some compost in that square and re-plant. There are plenty of […]