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Posted on 22 March 2013 by tomatocasual.com

Starting the Tomato Season Right

Photo Credit: Tomato Pot by Michelle Dyer used under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

Photo Credit: Tomato Pot by Michelle Dyer used under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

By Mindy McIntosh-Shetter

I have lived by a motto that every Boy Scout knows and that is to “always be prepared.”

When it comes to the tomato garden, this means always having stakes, pots, Epsom salt and powdered milk available along with an all-purpose potting soil mix and fresh seeds.

While I typically save my seeds from year to year, sometimes I have to buy new stock.

Once I have all my supplies together, I can take an inventory of what I have and what I need. This gives me direction and helps me start off the season right.
In the past when I was low on flats or small containers to start my tomato seeds in, I created “newspaper” pots. These pots are easy to make and I have to admit a great way of keeping kids busy during the gloomy days of winter. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted on 28 June 2012 by tomatocasual.com

Growing Tomatoes Anywhere- DIY Upside Down Planter

By Mindy McIntosh-Shetter

For some individuals, growing tomatoes can be a challenge.

Space and time are some of the top reasons why people do not grow them.

Another reason is experience and while tomatoes are known to be an easy plant to grow, there still exist brown thumb gardeners that fail at this task.

To help those individuals with brown thumbs and those who say they do not have the space, a simple gardening project has been designed and it all starts with getting to know your local pizza company.

One may wonder why a pizza company, well the answer is simple.

Pizza companies go through a lot of tomato sauce and the buckets that the sauce comes in are perfect for planters. They are plenty deep and the plastic is food grade, which is very important when one is using plastic containers to hold plants that will be eaten.

To begin this process, starts with drilling a hole in the bottom of the container. The hole needs to Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted on 01 April 2008 by tomatocasual.com

Reader Question: I love tomatoes, but I live in an apartment. Can I still grow them and if so, how?

Urban GardeningBy Michael Nolan

Everyone who loves gardening and fresh vegetables wishes they could have a perfect plot of land that got just the right amount of sun and rain, but the rest of us live in the real world.

I lived in an apartment in New York City for several years with only a small balcony and I managed to grow some pretty respectable tomatoes using container gardens.

At first I was concerned Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted on 07 March 2008 by tomatocasual.com

Best Tomato Varieties for Containers

Tomato potBy Michelle Fabio

Maybe you would love to grow tomatoes but don’t have access to a plot of land that would be suitable. Well so long as you have room for a container and a sunny spot on your porch or balcony, you can have a fabulous container garden.

We recently talked about getting started in container gardening, but below you’ll find some more tomato varieties that would prosper in such an environment, as recommended by NJ.com.

For small varieties to be grown in 3- to 5-gallon pots: Read the rest of this entry »

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