New Tomato Growing Guide Now Available

The Get Growing Guide to Tomatoes is a new, 23-page eBook loaded with tips for growing a garden filled with America’s  favorite “vegetable.”

Although technically a fruit, tomatoes are the most popular vegetable grown in home gardens. That’s why some gardeners prefer to call them “love apples.”

Tomatoes aren’t that difficult to grow, but they can be a little tricky. That’s why I wrote this guide, to help other gardeners have tomato-growing success. The guide explains how to amend the soil, gives seed starting instructions and provides methods to keep plants insect and disease free.

One of the first gardening articles I wrote for The Denver Post was a “how to grow” tomatoes article for those interested in entering their tastiest tomatoes in the annual NatureSweet Homegrown Tomato Challenge.

I had my own methods for sowing and growing great tomatoes, but for that article I also interviewed gardeners from across the Metro area, including the Homegrown Tomato Challenge winner from the previous season. He won with his Goliath Hybrid and a special “tomato toddy” he mixed for each planting hole.

Some gardeners say the key to growing is selecting the right tomato variety; others say soil preparation is most important.

Some always plant by the light of the moon and use moon favorable planting guides to determine the best times to plant.

Other gardeners told me about special planting techniques designed to conserve water. One gardener told me she was allergic to tomatoes, but grew them anyway because they were so beautiful–perfectly round and red and unblemished.

The Get Growing Guide to Tomatoes includes seed starting methods that can be put to use right away. It’s nearly time to start seeds indoors so they’ll be ready for May planting. If you’re not sure about starting from seed, the guide gives tips for selecting the best tomato transplants at the garden center.

The section on Preventing Tomato Problems explains the best way to prevent problems and ways to grow healthy plants. Since I started using these best practices, I haven’t had problems with Early Blight or Blossom End Rot.

This year, in addition to my usual tomato planting plan, I’ll be trying a bold experiment–planting in March. I have two Wall of Water plant protectors warming the soil in one of my vegetable beds and I’ve purchased two small tomato plants. Planting day is next week, no matter what the weather.

From time to time, I’ll report on my progress and, with a little help from Mother Nature, I hope to be eating a juicy home-grown, vine-ripened tomato during the first week in June.


 

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