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Posted on 28 September 2009 by tomatocasual.com

Reader Question: Organic Hydroponic Tomatoes

house-houseBy Vanessa Richins

Jerry writes:

“Considering hot house, organic, hydroponic tomatoes growing in Northern California. Need a lot more knowledge of subject.”

Hi Jerry! I am jealous – I’ve been wanting a greenhouse of my own.

Organic tomatoes would be a natural addition, and hydroponics is fascinating.

For general organic hothouse tomato production information, head on over to the National Sustainable Agriculture Service. This website is courtesy of the Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted on 04 August 2008 by tomatocasual.com

Organic Tomato Pest Control 101

By Kira Hamman

We recently provided a guide to some of the bugs commonly found destroying tomato crops, so now it’s time to tell you how to control them.

And control them you can, without resorting to poisons, but remember that organic pest control is about just that — control, not total eradication.

Gardens have bugs, period.

We’re trying to keep them from eating everything in sight, not trying to eliminate them from the planet. Enough said.

Larger bugs, like Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted on 27 June 2008 by tomatocasual.com

How They Do It Here

By Kira Hamman

Where I live, in the Catoctin mountains of western Maryland, tomatoes are a given in the summer.

Gardens teem with them, farm stands overflow with them, and farmers’ markets sell them by the bushel.

But except in a few gardens, they’re exclusively hybrids — Early Girl, Better Boy, and the like — and they’re rarely organically grown, even in spirit.

If you are bold enough to broach the subject of heirlooms and compost with the elderly women who sell these tomatoes they are likely to snort in derision.

Customers around here aren’t looking for organically grown heirloom vegetables and are not willing to pay more for them, and therefore Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted on 10 May 2008 by tomatocasual.com

Natural Pest Control for Organic Tomatoes

Tomato HornwormIn a society that seems bent on overmedicating every problem we have as humans (don’t get me started on that one), it should come as no surprise that we tend to overuse poisons to get rid of common pests in our tomato gardens as well.

I am one of those oddballs who would rather do things the way Laura Ingalls did them than the way mass production tomato farmers think is right.

That’s one of the things that initially drew me to organic gardening in the first place — second only to the health benefits of a pesticide-free organic garden home for my tomatoes.

I haven’t sprayed the first poison on one of my plants in years. Of course I also believe that I am to expect a certain — and hopefully small – percentage of loss of my tomato plants each year due to pests and diseases.

Natural Pest Control Tips
The most important things to remember Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted on 18 August 2007 by tomatocasual.com

Health Benefits of Organic Tomatoes

Go Organic - TomatoBy Michelle Fabio

The use of fertilizers has always been a controversial subject among gardeners, but now a recently published study in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry suggests that organically grown tomatoes may actually be more nutritious than their conventionally grown counterparts–and the reason may be the lack of nitrogen in the soil.

Over a period of ten years, researchers at the University of California measured the levels of two “flavonoids,” antioxidants linked to reducing high Read the rest of this entry »

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