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Posted on 20 August 2011 by

Tomatoes: Adding Beauty One Plant at a Time

By Mindy McIntosh-Shetter

Tomatoes by nature are beautiful plants.

The emerald green leaves provide a clean backdrop that enhances the fuzzy stems that glisten in the morning sunlight.

Later on in the season, the landscape is greeted with bright yellow blooms that, depending on the variety, turn into balls of crimson, gold and green.

These plants do not have to be hidden away in the vegetable garden but instead can be showcased in planters, flowerbeds, and rose gardens.


Several different planters can be used to display flowers and vegetables. Determinate tomatoes look wonderful in a planter when combined with marigolds, nasturtiums, and basil. This combination addresses Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on 08 April 2011 by

Designing a Tomato Based Patio Planter

By Mindy McIntosh-Shetter

Planting tomatoes in a planter on the patio does not appeal to all gardeners.

Some individuals require more style from their patio plantings.

This is where understanding companion plantings comes into play and aids the tomato gardener in their planter creations.

A patio container needs to have a drainage holes in the bottom to prevent the plant material from rotting. This is very important when it comes to tomatoes.

Next, knowing what type of tomato will work for this type of planting is crucial. Determinate or patio tomatoes are the best types to use for container gardening.

Both these types do not require trellising Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on 26 March 2011 by

Pest Control: What is Old is New Again

By Mindy McIntosh-Shetter

Gardening in the good old days was simple.

Gather the plants together that you want to domesticate and plant.

Hope for the best and wait for the results.

This approach worked some years and other years were a way of controlling the population.

Then, man made some connection that aided with the process of domestication. Animal and/or human fertilizer made plants grow better.

Staking plants up helped save more produce and removing plants that just did not look right seemed to save crops. But through this process we, as a modern society, decided that this was not enough. So the birth of Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on 06 May 2008 by

Boost Your Tomatoes with Companion Planting! – Part 1

MarigoldsBy Vanessa Richins

Companion planting is the art of placing certain plants next to others.

These combinations offer benefits to one or both plants.

One such pairing is the herb Borage with our lovely tomatoes. Borage is an annual, edible herb with lovely blue star-shaped flowers. The leaves can be used in salads. It improves tomato plant health and even makes them taste better. Borage also repels the tomato hornworm, the bane of many a tomato grower.

Another pairing is Read the rest of this entry »


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