My Tomato Plants – 3 Weeks Later

My Tomato Plants 3 Weeks Later

It has been a month since I planted my tomato plants, and I figured I would give an update on them. I planted 11 tomato plants in my garden on April 14th, 2009 and added two more tomato plants on May 3rd, 2009 for a total of 13 tomato plants. Some gardeners think having 13 plants is bad luck, but don't go getting superstitious on me (if I don't get any tomatoes this year, I will reconsidered my feelings on superstitions).Here's a picture of … [Read more...]

How To Fertilize Tomato Plants

How To Fertilize Tomato Plants

Tomatoes are vigorous, fast growing, and heavy feeding plants which require fertilization a few times during the season. Tomatoes have specific nutritional needs such as nitrogen, phosphate, potash, calcium, magnesium, potassium and other micro-nutrients to build cell wall structure and increase plant vigor.There has been much debate about what kind of fertilizer to use, how often to use it, and how to apply it. Here I will explain how I … [Read more...]

What Is Companion Planting?

What Is Companion Planting

Companion planting is a phrase that many gardeners have heard or read about, but what exactly is companion planting? Plainly put, companion planting is the concept of planting two or more plants next to one another to enhance the growth or flavor of the plants. Usually companion planting uses both vegetable plants and some ornamentals in order for the plants to support each other.Ever heard of the "Three Sisters Garden"?The Three Sisters … [Read more...]

How To Build a Simple Cucumber Trellis

How To Build a Simple Cucumber Trellis

Using a trellis to support your cucumber plants, or other vining vegetables, is the best way to grow beautiful and tasty cucumbers. Many gardeners have learned the hard way (including me) that letting your cucumber vines just spread upon the ground is a good way to not have many cucumbers.The plants are much more susceptible to diseases, such as powdery mildew, and can cause the fruit to rot on the bottom when they are allowed to spread on … [Read more...]

How To Choose Tomato Plants

How To Choose Tomato Plant Seedlings

Many vegetable gardeners, myself included, choose to buy tomato plants from a garden center rather than start them from seed. Doing this is a great way to jump start the tomato production in the garden. Tomato plants are quite adaptive, which makes them a superb candidate for transplanting.Tomatoes are arguably the most popular vegetable in the home garden. Nearly 24 million tomato plants are sold each year in the U.S., far surpassing any … [Read more...]

Tomato Disease Resistance List

Tomato Disease Resistance Abbreviations List

Whenever you look at the plant tag or seed packet of tomatoes, you may see a bunch of strange abbreviations. Those abbreviations indicate that the cultivar has been bred for specific disease resistance. Combinations of V, F, and N are the most important to look for, but try to choose cultivars bred for resistance to problems common in your geographical area. To help clarify what these abbreviations stands for, I developed this list:ASC = … [Read more...]

What To Do If Your Vegetable Garden Fails

What To Do If Your Vegetable Garden Fails

As the economy flounders, more and more people are becoming interested in growing their own vegetables. With this incoming wave of vegetable gardening popularity comes a new group of novice gardeners. This is great news for the vegetable gardening community, and I say it's about time you got involved in growing your own vegetables.Some vegetables are easier to grow than others, and there always seems to be some type of pest that's ready to … [Read more...]

Tomato Green Bean Soup


INGREDIENTS1 cup chopped onion 1 cup chopped carrots 2 teaspoons butter or stick margarine 6 cups chicken broth 1 pound fresh green beans, cut into 1 inch pieces 1 garlic clove, minced 3 cups diced fresh tomatoes 1/4 cup minced fresh basil 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon pepper DIRECTIONS1. In a large saucepan, saute onion and carrots in butter for 5 minutes. Stir in the broth, … [Read more...]

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