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Posted on 15 June 2009 by

TC Reader Questions: Saving Tomato Seeds, Broken Upside Down Planter

tomato-seedsBy Vanessa Richins

Jorge writes:

“Hi. I am interested in storing seed long term (more than 5 years) Could you point me in the right direction? Thanks!”

Hello Jorge. Tomato seeds can generally be stored up to 10 years and still keep a germination rate of 50%. Victory Seeds says that the typical length that they will keep is 4-7 years.

They have a great picture tutorial on how to save your tomato seeds.

You start by fermenting the seeds for a few days in Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on 19 May 2009 by

Reader Questions About Upside Down Tomatoes

upside-down-tomatoesBy Vanessa Richins

Upside-down tomatoes continue to be a garden trend.

This week we have two questions from readers about this growing style.

From Kacy:

“Can one plant 2 tomato plants upside down in a 5 gallon bucket ? Such as 2 holes in the bucket, will there be enought room to grow both?”

Hi Kacy! Yes, you can do 2 tomato plants. It would work better if you drilled both a 2″ hole and smaller drainage holes in both the bottom and the lid to plant one at each end. You will need to watch carefully and add soil as needed. You will also need to make sure to use fertilizers as needed since there will be 2 plants competing for all of the nutrients.

From JimQPublic:

“I’ve been thinking of going to containers for tomatoes because the best spot in the yard has seen Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted on 30 March 2009 by

My Parent’s New Tomatoes

tomato-storiesBy Vanessa Richins

I think they got the idea after watching the Topsy-Turvy on TV.

My parents announced that they wanted to try growing tomatoes using the upside-down method this year.

I showed them the post about it here on Urban Garden Casual.

We kept saying that we were going to get them started (since they live in Southern California, time of year doesn’t matter as much), but didn’t get around to it.

I finally got the urge to visit the nursery to buy the tomato plants. I instantly zeroed in to where the heirloom tomatoes were located.

It was a bit frustrating since they had signs proclaiming that there were about 30 different heirloom varieties, but many of them were not actually there. I was hoping to try Mortgage Lifter and Mr. Stripey, among others. In the end, I found 4 heirlooms and 2 hybrids to take home to the folks.

Black Krim
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