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Posted on 23 August 2007 by tomatocasual.com

Upside-down Tomato Gardening

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Upside-down Tomato Gardening - TomatoCasual.comBy Tomato Queen

Are you a container-gardener hanging your tomato plants?

Try growing them upside-down!

This recent trend is thought to put less stress on the weight-bearing stems, which require no staking, providing better circulation and a better yield.

You can also grow other delicious edibles out of the top.

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Posted on 09 August 2007 by tomatocasual.com

Freezing Raw Tomatoes: How to Make a Good Thing Last

Freezing Raw Tomatoes: How to Make a Good Thing Last - TomatoCasual.comBy Michelle Fabio

For many of us, the end of summer means the end of beloved fresh tomatoes, but it doesn’t have to be that way.

You can easily freeze tomatoes for enjoyment throughout the colder months.

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Posted on 08 August 2007 by tomatocasual.com

The Basics: Enter the Mind of a Tomato

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The Basics: Enter the Mind of a Tomato - TomatoCasual.comBy Danny Thompson

How do you grow great tomatoes?

Well, in order to really get a feel for the perfect environment, let’s take a trip back in history, to the origins of the Tomato.

Because to grow a successful tomato, we must think like a tomato.

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Posted on 07 August 2007 by tomatocasual.com

Tomatoes Love Carrots: Companion Planting for Better Tomatoes

Tomatoes Love Carrots: Companion Planting for Better TomatoesBy Tomato Queen

It should come a no shock that tomatoes have natural allies in the plant world.

These allies help protect the tomato from pests and predators, leave nutrients in the soil that help the plants and fruit to grow, improve flavor, and in turn benefit from the tomato plant properties.

Friends of the Tomato

As a rule of thumb, consider planting your tomatoes near: carrots, beans, celery, cucumbers, lettuces, mint, garlic, chives, parsley, borage, bee balm, oregano, sage, or marigolds.

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Posted on 01 August 2007 by tomatocasual.com

How to Flirt Your Way to Choosing Better Tomato Plants

How to Choose Good Tomato Plants for Transplanting by Flirting - TomatoCasual.comBy Michelle Fabio

If you aren’t growing your tomatoes from seeds, it’s good to know how to choose tomato plants for transplanting at the local nursery.

Most nursery workers will guide you in the right direction, but it never hurts to show up prepared.

So, keeping in mind that you’ll be choosing plants that will hopefully be with you for quite some time, it’s a good idea to FLIRT with them a bit before you take them home:

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Posted on 31 July 2007 by tomatocasual.com

Tomatoes Love the Beach: How Seaweed Can Improve Tomato Growth, Yield and Flavor

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By Danny Thompson

Photo Credit: Seaweed dunes? by nickherber used under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Okay, I don’t know if that’s actually true . . . I’ll look into it and get back to you.

But apparently, they like a little seaweed.

Regular use of kelp sprays on your tomato plants has been shown to make plants heartier and healthier, and even improve the soil conditions and flavor of the tomatoes.

In fact, Erika Jensen combed through a dozen scientific papers, and found that:

“The use of seaweed as a growth stimulator is widely supported by scientific studies. There is also some evidence to support the idea that kelp is useful in helping plants through times of stress, including drought, disease, and cold weather.”

Her report, published over at The Organic Broadcaster back in 2004, is ripe with info about seaweed and it’s application to agriculture (in case you were wondering, it seems that auxins, gibberellins, cytokinins and alginic acid are the things that do the trick).

If you’re interested in ways to improve the yield of your tomatoes (or, apparently, just about anything else that grows), you should take a few minutes and read it.

Now my only question is, who was the first person who saw a clump of seaweed floating in the surf and thought “ya know…I bet this stuff’d work wonders on my garden!”?

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