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Posted on 20 February 2013 by tomatocasual.com

How to Prepare for Next Year’s Tomato Garden Today

Photo Credit: Compost! by Lisa B. used under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

Photo Credit: Compost! by Lisa B. used under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

By Mindy McIntosh-Shetter

“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” is a saying that directly applies to gardening.

When weeds creep up, it is better to just pull them up while they are small then to put it off and be faced with a “crop of weeds” in your tomato garden.

When the first tomato hornworm is spotted, it is better to inspect the plant then for damage and other tomato hornworms then to wait for your tomato plant to be eaten down to the ground.

But there is another approach that can be used to preserve ones soil, reduce plant diseases and fertilize it all at the same time. What is this magical elixir? Green manure.

Green manure by definition is Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted on 22 February 2012 by tomatocasual.com

A Tomato Gardener\’s Job is Never Done

By Mindy McIntosh-Shetter

As an avid tomato gardener and one that loves to fiddle in the garden year round, the fall and winter creates unique opportunities.

These opportunities, for some, may seem mundane and just down right boring but they are a necessity to any successful garden.

The first thing I do before the avalanche of seed catalogs come in is to do my homework.

This includes looking over my garden journal and evaluating what was successful and why.

I may not know or understand every reason why Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted on 28 April 2010 by tomatocasual.com

Tomato Chronicles – Preparing the Bed

tomato-farm.JPGBy Mindy McIntosh-Shetter

As the old saying goes, “You made your bed so lie in it.”

This is true for a gardener because the success or failure of your season depends on the type of “bed” one prepares.

If your “garden” area is conducive to disturbing the turf then you have 4 ways of doing this.

Each technique has its pros and cons and some may take time before results are produced. But if you do not live in an area where you choose not or cannot disturb the turf part 2 will describe a way to plant your tomatoes in an alternative “bed.”

Methods 1,2, and 4 require equipment so before starting one of these methods check to make sure you have or can rent the needed tools. Note please make sure tools are sharp and the right length for the user or are ergonomically designed. Both of these hints will help reduce back strain and muscle soreness from the work.

Before you choose your method of bed preparation one needs to Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted on 01 April 2010 by tomatocasual.com

The Tomato Chronicles – The Beginning

tomato12By Mindy McIntosh-Shetter

Every February brings the thought of dirt under my fingernails and the smell of fresh soil as I get my tomato seeds organized.

Through the years I have planted many types of tomatoes.

These have ranged from seeds I saved, heirloom and discount seeds I have bought, and tomato seeds that were sent into space, but regardless where your seeds come from the process is the same.

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