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Posted on 10 October 2010 by

Good Night Tomato Garden 2010

tomato-bedBy Mindy McIntosh-Shetter

October brings about a chore I look forward to and also regret having to do.

The task that I refer to is putting the tomato garden to bed for the winter.

The past 6 months I have slept, breathed, lived, and eaten with my garden in some form of fashion.

I have dreamed of what this year’s garden would be like when it matured much like a mother dreams of what her child will be like. I have breathed life into my tomato garden from planting the seeds to protecting my seedlings from the harm of slugs, damping off, and my husband’ size 12 feet. I have lived with my garden through my toll of maintaining my garden and by the many Fresco dinners I have enjoyed next to my tomato garden.

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Posted on 28 April 2010 by

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.

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