Posted on 12 January 2013 by tomatocasual.com
Photo Credit: Mr Stripey Tomato Plant by MrsPip used under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0
By Mindy McIntosh-Shetter
The other day, I was asked by one of my community garden participants what made a good tomato garden.
I went into the science of soil and how tomatoes thrived in a loose, well-drained soil that contained compost or seasoned manure and that was high in calcium.
When I was finished with what seemed to be a science lesson, the gardener looked at me and said no.
I look puzzled by his response and in turn requested some clarification of the question. Once we were in the same garden space as far as the question, I understood what he wanted to know and that was what made a tomato garden thrive verses one that just survives.
The first thing I recommend to beginning gardeners is to avoid a monoculture garden arrangement. I know some individuals have such limited likes in the vegetable world that there are only a few vegetables that they like.
If you are one of those individuals, it is time to expand your culinary horizons. While tomatoes will grow together, problems can spread like wildfire if that is all you have. Planting something else sporadically will help reduce the chance of tomato Armageddon.
Second, know what makes Read the rest of this entry »
Posted on 11 April 2008 by tomatocasual.com
By Reggie Solomon
Posted on 08 April 2008 by tomatocasual.com
By Michael Nolan
Mother Nature just doesn’t seem to want to agree with my timetable for planting tomatoes this year.
Severe thunderstorms and sporadic tornado warnings notwithstanding, the temperatures will go from a balmy and beautiful 75 for several days and then plummet rather suddenly to the 30s overnight.
As any true tomato gardener knows, these conditions are just not helping me start this year’s crop.
It was just last week that I finally started the first of my tomato seeds indoors. Yes, I realize I’m late, but you seriously wouldn’t believe the weather.
Thus far this year I hope to enjoy: Read the rest of this entry »
Posted on 30 March 2008 by tomatocasual.com
By Michael Nolan
Some might say that I have an extreme interest in frugality and simple living, largely because I feel a spiritual connection with the Earth.
There is no more profound experience for me than to spend time with my hands in the dirt, nurturing seeds into seedlings and seedlings into plants that then return the favor by nourishing me.
You probably have a mental image of me with long stringy hair and a tie-dyed t-shirt, but I assure you that I’m not the stereotypical hippie who might normally talk this way.
The bottom line is Read the rest of this entry »
Posted on 08 January 2008 by tomatocasual.com
By Michelle Fabio
If you’re thinking about gardening this year but don’t think you have enough open green space or even time, you’re not alone–and nurseries are working hard to help you out by developing more and more plants and vegetables suitable for container gardening.
Container gardens are the latest trend according to Bruce Butterfield, research director for the National Gardening Association in South Burlington, Vermont as “'[p]eople are using their patios and balconies rather than get their hands dirty in the ground.”
Moreover, as lifetime gardeners age, Read the rest of this entry »
Posted on 18 December 2007 by tomatocasual.com
By Michelle Fabio
In Part I of our Holiday Book Recommendations, we talked about books with tomato gardening tips and in Part II, about tomato memoirs–now it’s time to get cooking. Here are some tomato cookbooks you or your tomato lover might enjoy:
– The Heirloom Tomato Cookbook by Mimi Luebbermann
In this cookbook, Luebbermann, who has written nearly 20 books on gardening and cooking, offers not only delicious recipes and great photographs by Robert Holmes, she also includes information on the top 25 heirloom varieties, including growing tips and seed-purchasing information. Among the 50 recipes are Gazpacho with Cucumber Salsa Verde, Cheese and Pesto Fondue with Tomato-Focaccia Skewers, and Grilled Sea Bass with Lemon-Oregano and Tomato Relish.
– The Tomato Festival Cookbook: 150 Recipes that Make the Most of Your Crop of Lush, Vine-Ripened, Sun-Warmed, Fat, Juicy, Ready-to-Burst Heirloom Tomatoes by Lawrence Davis-Hollander
Publishers Weekly says “Davis-Hollander’s first book brings together familiar preparations, like tomato sauce and ratatouille, with contemporary restaurant innovations like Read the rest of this entry »